Webster’s defines anticipation as “a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen”. There are countless things I’ve anticipated in my life, but a simple one comes around every February. Each year, after the holidays are over and done, I start to anticipate our winter escape to Punta Cana. We were married in the DR, and make our annual pilgrimage back to soak up the sun, kick back and relax. My suitcase is packed at least a week ahead and I fall asleep every night dreaming of pulling up to the resort, stepping out of the car to finally breath in the warm ocean air, and then walking out on the beach for the first time.
What are you anticipating right now? An upcoming vacation, a job offer, a first date, the birth of a child, getting married, buying a house? There are so many things we anticipate in life. Looking forward is exciting because it represents something fresh and new. It’s a chance for change, to wipe the slate clean or simply escape reality for a moment. When it comes to living the moments I’ve so eagerly anticipated, my goal is to stop, put my iPhone away, give it my full attention, and really (I mean really) live the moment. When I was 18, a high school teacher introduced me to one of Henry David Thoreau’s famous lines, “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…” that English teacher would be ecstatic to know that it stuck with me. Sucking the marrow out of life is a commitment to absorb each moment. Embrace it, own it and live it. Anticipate life’s events with the excitement they deserve, then live it fully, live it passionately and always “live deep”.