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Monday, November 19, 2012

Mental Snapshots and Sweet Anticipation

Vintage camera
There are moments in every day where you want to stop and take a mental snapshot.
  • Click! You want to remember the feel of two chubby little arms around your neck or hear the sound of the lisp your son has developed since losing his front teeth.
  • Click! You want to remember something silly your husband has said to make you laugh and the faint lingering of his aftershave on your clothes after he's hugged you.
  • Click! There's the warmth of a furry canine head resting on your foot and the big brown eyes that watch you everywhere you go.
  • Click! You want to capture the smell of the rain that is imminent and the sound of the birds chirping in the tree outside.
Everyday can be magical if you let it.

Along with the little moments, it is also somewhat fulfilling to have something to anticipate--something in the not-too-distant future that you can hold up in your mind's eye when events in your day are not so magical.

For me, there has always been something to look forward to, a trip to another city, a weekend with friends, a birthday or even just a chance to go the cinema solo.

However, at this moment, there's nothing on the cards, no trips, no outings, only the fast-approaching school holidays--which is both good and bad, so a nil balance in terms of anticipation worthiness. The next overseas holiday won't be until late in 2014 for my mother-in-law's next big birthday.

So what to do? What do you do when the well of anticipation is dry?

You fill it up.

Plan something. When you have nothing to look forward to, it's a sign that you need to put something on your horizon. 

The horizon - sunrise over ocean

It doesn't have to be an overseas holiday; for parents, it can be as simple as an afternoon of sweet silence and no childcare responsibilities. Plan a night out with your significant other, round up some friends for a movie night or book a night in a hotel in your city--just for a change of scene.

When you've done the thing you've been looking forward to, don't let too much time pass before you make plans for the next thing.

Now, I need to get cracking on planning my next thing. I'm looking forward to...looking forward to something.

Are you like me, do you like to always have something to look forward to? If so, what are you looking forward to right now?
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