It’s day seven of the Blogging University Course and for this I was to embed a Tweet to my blog and then discuss. I thought I’d find a tweet related to todays daily prompt ‘Anticipation‘ and go from there. Having found the perfect Tweet, paranoia set in that the tweeter (lets call him Dave), would find this and be offended that I used his words. So I wrote a similar tweet and embedded my own:
My anticipation has somewhat dulled over the years. I used to have sleepless nights of excited anticipation for school trips to the beach (5 miles away), but now I can’t muster that same level of anticipation for long-haul exciting holidays. I do still look forward to things and believe that part of the fun of something is the build up to it. My life isn’t a bed or roses at the moment and I need to make little plans to fire some enthusiasm for the future. That said, it’s been scientifically proven that anticipation is usually better than reality or retrospection – but it’s still good for you. Here are a few examples when reality didn’t live up to my anticipation:
|Black Friday Mega Bargains. I can buy all of my Christmas gifts! I’ll be on there at midnight (adrenalin pumping)!||None of the good stuff is reduced. Bought a six month Sky TV Box Thing for myself that I let run on and ended up paying for 11 months. I never watched it.|
|Christmas – the decorations, the warm fuzzy family closeness, It’s a Wonderful Life on DVD, smiling faces unwrapping treasured new gifts and the fun parties.||The pain in the ass tree that takes hours to build; the bitter resentment you feel for selfish family members who never visit their parents; Supermarket Christmas tunes in November; feeling like the Michelin Man. Fake smiles as you open another unexpected gift choice and wonder if people know you at all. Majority of time spent taking twisty wires out of the back of the child’s toy boxes and frantically looking for batteries. In 2015, those who lived alone sat crying as they watched the John Lewis Christmas advert.
*I do love most of Christmas though 🙂
|The festive holiday period – rest, relaxation and special time with the family 🙂||Dull, boring, skint, disgusted with your own gluttony and stuck inside in miserable weather with a post-Christmas spoiled child and a lethargic husband. Being unable to fit into any of your ‘going out clothes’ when meeting friends.|
|New Years Eve. Let’s party like it’s 1999! Friends and booze and singing and dancing and general all-round merriment.||Flu/cold, and in the house with nothing on the telly. You begin to question what you’ve achieved this year as a feeling of inadequacy and apprehension engulf you. Around this time Carol Smillie (tv host) raises a glass for all those sitting at home. She has a patronizing glint in her eye. You switch over to Jools Holland to watch the 80 year olds being wheeled out to sing. Toast in the New Year and go to bed at 12.10am (earlier than usual). You feel down.|
|Burns Night – your child has practised his Scottish poem for weeks. You’ll be so proud when he recites it! You’ll have a wonderful Scottish dinner and read some poems to the children.||Your son loses the contest and throws away the (losers) certificate shouting “this is rubbish!” You forget about the food and rush to Sainsbury’s at 6pm for a pre-packaged Haggis meal. It’s not very nice. Forget about the poems and watch The Good Wife.|
|Chinese New Year – Perfect night for a great Chinese meal from your favourite takeaway. Looking forward to it!||The Chinese takeaway is closed because it’s Chinese New Year.|
|Valentines Day – The romance, the gifts, the special meal||Restaurants are all booked out and you can’t get a babysitter anyway. The three of you sit in the house with a fish supper. Your gift is underwear 2 sizes too small. You go to bed with a headache.|
|St. Patricks Day – You’ll all go to that Irish pub and have a rare time listening to the Irish music and singing! You’ll drink Guinness!||You can’t get into the Irish pub, so go to Weatherspoon’s. There is no music in Weatherspoon’s or any atmosphere. You can get a bottle of wine for £7.50 though. You wonder why every Scottish person knows when St. Paddy’s day is but can never remember St. Andrews day.|
|Easter – We’ll have an Easter Egg Hunt in the garden, eat chocolate for breakfast then decorate boiled eggs and roll down a hill. It’ll be idyllic!||Torrential rain, so you have an Easter Egg hunt in the house. Your son finds them in 5 seconds. Nobody wants to leave the house. You have egg sandwiches for lunch. Overwhelming feeling of guilt because you eat your sons chocolate when he’s not looking. You feel more guilt for not talking about Jesus once.|
|Summer holidays – Relaxing quality time with the family and/or friends. Swimming, sunbathing, reading and eating – bliss 🙂||Airport fights; near drowning incidents; more fights; wondering where all your money is going; disgust at the amount you’re eating; being bored to tears by the pool. Looking forward to getting home.|
|Halloween – Cute children popping in to trick or treat. An entertaining fun evening!||No children come to your door. You eat all the food. Feel Guilty.|
I realise I sound doom and gloom, but there are exceptions to the rule. The dreaded camping trip in September turned out to be wonderful. I wasn’t looking forward to hosting a big Halloween party, but that was the best time I’d had in ages. That’s the wonderful thing about life – it can be full of pleasant surprises when you’re least expecting them.