I think it is so important to have things to look forward to in life. Of course, I have large grand moments I look forward to – a family bike ride with all of us on our own bikes, my kids starting public school, weekends full of adventure, my kids becoming respectable young adults, etc. But to have smaller things that can get you through day-to-day life is even better.
Our lives can become so mundane. Jeremy and I joke that he doesn’t keep up with his good friends much because he feels he has nothing exciting to tell them. He often feels like a new job, new baby, and new house are the only things worthy of a phone call. Men just aren’t great at small talk, but that’s another post for another day. The reality is that our lives are much of the same each and every day. We get up, struggle to get the kids out the door and to school, go to work, come home, struggle to get the kids through dinner, bathtime, and into bed, and then either workout or watch tv. Sounds boring, right? But when we have something to look forward to, the conversation through all of those daily tasks changes. We start planning, we do research, we discuss options, we get excited. These small things can be anything from a long weekend vacation to a new home decorating purchase to a get-together with friends or family. There is anticipation, and that’s a great thing in my world.
For the past couple of weeks, our family has been excited about an upcoming mini-vacay. And now I have a girls weekend scheduled to look forward to. These things brighten the dreariest of days. I love the eagerness, the planning, the excited conversation… I love the anticipation!