What’s so good about anticipation? I recently read a post by Gretchen Rubin over at The Happiness Project. She claims that anticipation is a big part of happiness. We have to anticipate the great event before it happens. This helps to be fully happy in the moment.
Of course I always thought the trick was to just be happy in the moment. Shows you what I know.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of anticipating lately. Anticipating the upcoming ski season (I do this every year; it’s like a disease, but not contagious. I don’t think). Looking forward to my book launch (especially all the glamorous television spots and bestseller lists). More importantly, however, I can’t wait for Matchstick Productions ski movie, “Attack of La Nina.”
Except for the ski season thing, this isn’t like me. I tend to find my happiness a little closer to home, more like the present moment. Or at least I try to keep it to the next fifteen minutes.
But maybe I should embrace anticipation. Perhaps there’s something worth looking forward to. Anticipation is like a crescendo, building slowly until it frenzies into 100 turns through light powder, each one tickling your nose and reminding you when to breathe.
So perhaps my present moment IS filled with anticipation. Embracing it might just bring me closer to happiness.
I took this photo last October from the summit of Crystal. I’m anticipating another early season. What’s so wrong with that?