When was the last time you felt excited? That ‘I can’t wait; this is going to be so amazing’ kind of excitement that keeps you awake at night and carries you through the day?!
Excitement, it’s a feeling full of anticipation and expectation. To be excited requires hope; belief that something is going to be a certain way or faith that a moment is going to turn out as you imagine…
Children do excitement well! Birthdays; Christmas; holidays, sleepovers; play dates; McDonald’s; the next episode of Mako Mermaids (maybe that’s just my lot!) Children get excited! They carry the raw emotion, not bound up in ‘what ifs’ scarred by previous experiences or memories of past disappointments.
As adults we can lose that sense of excitement – we learn to manage our expectations. Maybe we’ve been let down one too many times and we’ve begun to think it’s not worth ‘getting our hopes up’…maybe we carry pain or sadness within us and those wounds cause us to feel guilty about looking forward with a smile. For some of us that ‘old friend’ fear that’s taken the driving seat and we’ve stopped looking forward with hope instead we’re moving ahead at best cautious, at worst down right afraid!
Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame apparently once said:
” When you’re young, you’re not afraid of what comes next. You’re excited by it!”
Too many of us have lost the excitement of simply being alive and instead we’re worrying about what’s next! What if we let excitement in? What if we allowed ourselves to engage with all that is good and hopeful and exciting?
Excitement invites us into mystery; it sparks an intrigue of the unknown, of something that could be amazing…excitement connects us into something bigger than our story, something almost spiritual! Excitement brings us joy in the ‘now’ and reminds us that hope and belief and faith are all part of what it really means to be fully human and fully alive!