Why Anticipation Is The Best Feeling In The World

by Anna Rubin

Instead of filling your days with "what ifs," you should begin to ponder the question, "what's next?"  From personal experience, it is easy to “what if” yourself into a pit of negativity. If it were possible, I am sure most of us could “what if” ourselves to death. However, those times of uncertainty are unknowingly the most exciting times in your life.

Some of the best advice I have ever received, came from the stranger tattooing teenage rebellion on my high school boyfriend’s ribcage. With the buzz of his gun, he told me, “the best feeling in the world is being next.”  This guy doesn't know it, but I have carried his words with me for the past five years.

It’s that anxious, butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling of excitement. It could be something as simple as standing next in line for your favorite band's concert ticket, or as euphoric as falling in love. Either way – if you don't take it you may completely lose it.

I think we find a thrill in the waiting game. It is a time when our hearts and our heads do not exactly match up, because one is way ahead of the other. Just like anticipating Christmas morning to find out what is going to be under the tree, we anticipate what the next big thing is going to be in our lives. But once it’s over, the thrill is gone and we are right back to thinking of the next big thing we can conquer.

I have learned to take comfort in these times of standstill. When I was between jobs, single or just really had no idea what I was going to do with my life, I always knew there was something coming for me.

I was waiting for it and it was waiting for me. Enjoy the time life gives you to prepare to be content and satisfied, and remember the way you feel while you’re yearning for something or just meeting someone for the first time. It may happen a million times over but it really is the best feeling in the world.

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