I’m quite an excitable person. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to what I love, and when I’m excited about something I am not shy to show it. I relish planning and prepping for a holiday, and a countdown chart is obligatory to give me a little jolt of excitement each time I cross off a day. I’m already excited for Halloween; planning my outfit and decorations, pinning ideas I’ll probably never do on Pinterest. And as soon as it hits November I’ll be in Christmas excitement mode (watch out for my annual Advent Project).
Every so often I wonder if I should dial it down. The doubt doesn’t last for long though as I immediately feel deflated at the idea of restraining my excitement, and that tells me something: being excited is fun! It sounds obvious, but I keep hearing from all over (people I know, Youtubers, celebrities, the media…) that people are afraid to feel excited. That they don’t want to let themselves feel it in case they’re getting ahead of themselves and the thing they’re excited about doesn’t happen. Or worse, it does but it’s not as good as they’d hoped or expected.
Christmas suffers from this attitude a lot, as does New Year. The idea that it never lives up to the hype. But sometimes the thing itself isn’t actually the point: the holiday, the birthday, the new toy… whatever it is. For me, the excitement itself is actually more important than the focus of my excitement. That’s why I love Advent so much. Its a great example of making the lead up to an event just as fun, if not more so, than the day itself. The joy and energy I get from anticipating a time of year or the arrival of an online order is often just as enjoyable as the thing itself.
I revel in pinning pretty pictures of pumpkins and spooky crafts at this time of year. I do a little happy dance whenever I remember about that top I ordered online the other day. I put on my favourite songs to dance to while I pick out my outfit and take plenty of time over my make-up when getting ready for an event, because if the night doesn’t live up to the fun, at least I had a good time beforehand! I don’t see excitement as living for the tomorrow that may never come, I see it as happy dancing in the now while I can!