140 – Anticipation

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

My day started on the balcony watching the sunrise. Standing and waiting for the Sun to peek over the horizon, the brilliant sky heightened anticipation as I waited for the official start of its journey on the way to full exposure. Sunrise is a time of anticipation – but I can see anticipation also applying to sunset.

Before leaving for my walk, I heard Carly Simon’s Anticipation. I chuckle thinking about how advertisers used the song in a ketchup commercial many years ago. My sunrise experience and the song gave me the topic to ponder today.

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Anticipation – that feeling we get in advance of something happening. Anticipation may involve the known or the unknown and anxiety or excitement may accompany it. Anticipation may also be worrisome, eager, or apprehension.

As I pass a fisherman, I realize anticipation involves anxiety or excitement and patience. No matter the time of day, they calmly sit in a chair while watching their collection of fishing poles – all in anticipation of the next catch that may become dinner.

I pass a family with two children enjoying a day at the beach. As parents watch their children, I notice the older son anticipating the next wave with excitement – waiting for the right wave to crash upon him. Meanwhile, the younger son nervously watches the out-of-reach waves and displays his nervousness with fingers in his mouth. But big brother is modeling for his younger brother that there is nothing to worry about because it’s fun.

Seeing those boys reminded me that children live a life of anticipation – anticipating something or someone: a present, a visit, a trip, an event, a time, and more. Time slowly moves for children because they live in anticipation of something that seems to take forever to arrive. Suddenly this lyric by Carly Simon seems fitting: Anticipation is makin’ me late – Is keepin’ me waitin’.

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Anticipation is keeping a watchful eye while waiting for a special person to arrive – anticipating the first sighting, the first eye contact, the first smile, the first embrace, and the magic that follows.

Anticipation is receiving a wrapped gift, then wondering what is inside. Anticipation is the excitement at the start of a sporting event. Anticipation is waiting for the curtain to rise to start the show. Anticipation is hoping to be lucky enough to dance with a highly-skilled dancer. Anticipating is waiting for an important phone call or the time to discuss test results with a doctor.

I laugh as I think how some people embrace Thank God it’s Friday (TGIF) in anticipation of the weekend, But I say TGIF sets a person up for OCIM – Oh crap it’s Monday.

I think back to my youth – a time when the new model year of cars filled anticipation. Dealers wrapped new cars in secrecy by covering showroom windows to shield the public. But that time has passed, so the anticipatory magic of new cars is gone. Today’s life seems so immediate. Has anticipation been replaced?

I may be a male, but pregnancy comes to mind. The couple anticipating their first child and then eagerly waiting for pregnancy’s confirmation. Anxiously anticipating knowledge of the child’s gender. The months of anticipating turning into, “I can’t wait until this is over.” Suddenly, anticipation leads to the joy of holding the newborn in their arms for the first time.

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I imagine most people anticipate a positive future. Life is full of anticipation, including anticipating reactions and possible consequences of our decisions.

Anticipating what is coming over the horizon, around the corner, or over the next hill is one thing. But someone anticipating the death of a loved one in their last days is not easy – nor does it make the final passing easier.

No matter the person or their age, anticipation is a very-much part of life – and probably more than we realize. After thinking about it, anticipation is very human. I wonder if anticipation makes any difference? On second thought, I’m sure it does! After all, the anticipated moment may deliver more than expected. Then again, under-delivery may occur.

My past teaching experience tells me anticipation and learning are linked. After all, thinking about anticipation has been a learning experience for me. But in the end, thinking about anticipation has been a good thing as I walk because I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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87 thoughts on “140 – Anticipation”

  1. Your “TGIF”/”OCIM” brought to mind the daily email stream between my sister and myself. We start each morning with coffee, a SCRABBLE move, and an email. When we both still employed the emails fell into a familiar pattern – “Monday Already?”, “Only Tuesday,” “Hump Day,” “Friday Eve,” and “Finally Friday!” We brought up the concern at one point that we were wishing our lives away, but we decided to call it being “Goal Oriented” instead.

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    1. Nancy,
      Welcome first-time commenter to the sands of my personal cyberbeach. Anticipation is very much part of life and delivers its share of ups and downs. I was happy to link your post, so thank you for writing it. I must say that finding good posts about anticipation was not easy.

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  2. I can’t even read the word on the page without thinking about that song and those commercials. I can imagine lots of people standing on the shore, waiting in anticipation for better days. These are the good old days!

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  3. As I was reading your post, I was thinking about how as I’ve aged, I don’t anticipate as much as I did when I was younger. Then I read this line: “Time slowly moves for children because they live in anticipation of something that seems to take forever to arrive.” Do you suppose this lack of anticipation in old age accounts for the feeling that time is whizzing by? And, of course, I immediately thought of Carly’s song when I read your title. Back in the day, I had the album, and I listened to that song many times.

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    1. Laurie,
      Good to know that your love for the song struck you at the beginning. 🙂 Meanwhile, I agree with your thought and – YES – I that the lack of anticipation is one reason for the feeling of time as flown by – but I also think the perception that one is closer to the end of their life also influences it. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Excellent Frank… Since retirement.. I don’t much mind what day of the week arrives lol.. I learnt something here though..
    Those cryptic text.. TGIF.. and OCIM…..
    LOL….. and Sending you some TLC… ❤

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    1. Sue,
      My memory is telling me that you are the one who mentioned they haven’t worn a watch since they retired … given that, I understand getting the days confused. I know I get that way during my snowbird time at the beach.I get the impression that TGIF is not used on your side of the pond. True? OCIM is actually mine … maybe it will catch on! 🙂


      1. Correct Frank, I stopped clock watching the minute I retired.. Your memory is excellent..
        If TGIF is used, I’m not aware lol. ☺
        Off to pick some gooseberries on the plot and take the day as it comes..
        Enjoy your Day Frank and thank you. 😊

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  5. I thought of that song as soon as I saw your title, Frank. 🙂 I guess we’re dating ourselves, aren’t we? BTW, thanks for linking my photo. Should I anticipate visitors who click on the link? Ha! The only thing I’ll add about anticipation is that is can sometimes rob us of enjoying the present if we’re looking forward to things that are going to happen while ignoring and appreciating what’s going on right now. We’re also having abnormal heat and although dry, it’s still really, really hot when hovering around or over 110. I’m anticipating the day when it cools down but that might be months yet so I’ll try to possess my soul in patience and thank the Lord (truly) for air conditioning!!


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    1. Janet,
      I know I think it’s hot here … but linked much in life, it is the perspective around “as compared to what?” My oppressive weather seems a lot better know – but yes – cheers to air conditioning. When I found your photo post about anticipation, I know I had to use it. Thank you! … and glad this post sparked your memory of the song!

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  6. What a great post. I have that feeling when I know I will have a string of days off, like a mini vacation from my work! And the more so if I plan to go on a trip or do something different than normal on those longer ‘off’ stretches. (I work part time and have 6 days off every other week, ahhh!).

    I have a bit of anxious anticipation as I am scheduled to get the second COVID booster next week…the first one was a bummer…

    I remember vividly the eager anticipation of birthdays, summer vacations and Christmastime…when I was a little girl. Birthdays were the best, because while my siblings were acknowledged on their days, I got to enjoy a party, because it was also my mother’s BD…I interrupted her party to entter this world! I can only imagine her anticipation for a special BD gift!

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  7. Yep, I remember that ketchup commercial too. Anticipation can be so sweet. It can be a gift as we honor what we hope for, yet don’t know or have yet. Sometimes when we’re anticipating the future we’re missing the gift of what’s here right now. At least that’s what I’ve noticed in my own anticipation journeys. Nice post, Frank.

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  8. Carly Simon and Anticipation – they now go together timelessly.
    It’s difficult to not mix anticipation with expectation. The latter can cause the former to bring disappointment. But I prefer to focus on the positive side. Looking forward to something because we know part of what to expect and can’t wait for it to start…

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              1. Yes. Huge remodel. I’m getting a tad stressed because I have yet to get my quotes and all was supposed to start mid September. I’ve already bought my appliances which should be delivered around September 1st. But I’d like to shop for tiles and bath/shower, et al but would like to know how much of my budget is going to construction of all my cabinets and the approx cost of the work…

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  9. Frank, the song and the ketchup go hand-in-hand for anyone who saw that commercial. They are forever tied together as Dale indicated. I tend to think of anticipation in terms of it’s not so much the destination, but the journey itself. It also made me think of a quote from Charlotte Bronte – “Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not match the expectation.” Many times the anticipation is the best part.

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  10. Great topic, Frank! I am anticipating my first published book (ack – a whole year to wait, yet!), but have to keep it on the back burner. Life keeps happening in the present. Enjoyed the video.

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  11. I think anticipation is the motivator that keeps us moving sometimes…..wondering what’s next. When we no longer anticipate I think we lose that curiosity and I hope that never happens to me!


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    1. Pam,
      Love your comment linking anticipation and curiosity. In teaching, I often heard the opening of a class as an anticipatory event – an engage – something to hook the curiosity of what is to come! Yet, you took that concept and applied it to life. Perfect! …. and thanks for the teaching reminder because I should have used it!

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  12. Love that song! Thanks for reminding me of it. I think of anticipation as the spice that colours our future. We don’t know and that not knowing can be exciting and exhilarating and in the same measure it can be terrifying. If we didn’t understand would we anticipate? Our lives are so full of expectation. Even tiny babes and animals crave warmth and food. When we get older we give it a name… Anticipation. What would life be like without it?

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    1. Pam,
      Thanks for continueing the role of insightful comment. Your and the others are so wonderful, I may have to collect them to weave them together into volume 2! Debbie (just below you) mentions how pets anticipate treats, food, going outside, and more. They show their anicipatory excitement! The again, we’ve conditioned them well.

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  13. Frank, excuse me for chuckling over your statement that anticipation is very human. My friend, have you ever watched a dog dance around the kitchen as you prepare his dinner?!? Monkey’s toenails do a click-click as he paces around and around — I’m never fast enough to suit him! Enjoyed your topic today (and the song is perfect accompaniment!)

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  14. I have not heard that anticipation song in a while and so it was fun how that inspired the post and how you ended with it!
    Also- I remember the ketchup commercials 😉
    And Can’t remember what the commercial was – but the “baby come back” song (ambrosia?)
    Was in a commercial and my students used to sing it because of the commercial –
    That was interesting about the wrapped cats and reveal of the ew model – times sure are different

    Oh and hahahaha
    Never heard of OCIM – Oh crap it’s Monday.-

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  15. It’s so true that time moves more slowly for children because the things they are anticipating seem to take forever to arrive. Whenever I used to press my grandmother for the timing of something I desired to experience she would always tell me, with a twinkle in her eye, that it would happen “sooner than you think…” (Not helpful to my way of thinking!)

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  16. There are indeed so many different ways we can embrace anticipation, thinking ahead to joyful activities or reunions or even simple happy events. I think we need to focus on that more often. I feel like too many, and I include myself at times, have fallen into anticipating something negative or critical. Instead, it really is possible to anticipate the joy of each new day, even when life is hard. Thank you for sharing something to really think about. 🙂

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    1. Debra,
      Wonderful points and I agree. I’m a believer that humans find it much easier to be negative than positive. I have no proof, just a feeling. Negativity is too easy – and positive is work! The joy of anticipating the sun rising over the watery horizon is a great way to start the day on a positive note. 🙂

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  17. Anticipation is another word for hope. I’ve been especially experiencing it during this Stanley Cup series. While I have no anticipation of the final outcome, I’m still there hoping, yet I know I’ll live with the result and know we at least made it to the final whether we win or lose. 30 other teams didn’t get as far. 😉

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      1. The link may not be a straight line, but far often when I anticipate something, I’m generally hopeful…one way or another. Even Oxford seemed to think hope is a synonym and I could certainly see it.

        You’re quite right-tonight will tell if Tampa was sandbagging to get into the Av’s minds or not. I heard Kucherov was skating like nothing happened to him despite whining about the hard hit from Devon Toews. Bolts are master manipulators of the refs which seem to favor those kinds of players, especially from the Eastern conference. Guess all superstars are good at that.


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