Post (c) Doris McCraw
For those who are old enough, Carly Simon had a hit back in the day with the song ‘Anticipation’. The words tell the story of someone who is anticipating a relationship. Listening to it the other day the thought ran through my mind that it is the feeling of what may come that is the joy and agony of life. Sometimes the excitement drives us further than we expect, but can also stymie us to the point of doing nothing.
Merriam-Webster define anticipation as:
a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action hired more security guards in anticipation of a large crowd : the act of looking forward; especially : pleasurable expectation looked forward with anticipation to their arrival
visualization of a future event or state : an object or form that anticipates a later type
For creative people, I do believe anticipation is necessary to move us forward. We anticipate our work, be it story, painting, photograph, will have an impact of the world around us. We hope our works will be popular, or at least liked by the people important to us. It that doesn’t happen we can become discouraged, want to give up or move on and try something else.
The reality is, we want ourselves and that part of us, our creative endeavor, to be validated by the world around us. We want to know that we are seen, heard and appreciated. Too many times we get hurt and then hide the hurt so others don’t know the power of their reaction. We ourselves can be guilty, many times without realizing it. We are caught up in our own hurts, our drive, our lives.
Perhaps it’s time to take back our power, live in anticipation and take the time to support the dreams of others as best we can. Life is short, but the anticipation of what may come, now that can keep us young.
For those who don’t remember the song, or would just like to hear it again, I’ve posted the link below. Enjoy and don’t let the anticipation get away from you. Follow the dreams you have, make them come true. Anticipate the best, it just might happen. After all as the beginning of the song says, “we can never know about the things to come, but we dream about them anyway…”
Doris Gardner-McCraw – pen name Angela Raines
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
Colorado and Women’s History
For a list of Angela Raines Books: Here