There are studies that say planning for a vacation is more exciting for people than actually going on a vacation. The thrill of what you’re about to do is better than doing those things…
The other day when I told you that my daughter had gotten into the major that she wanted, everyone was happy. Lots of exclamation points. And it wasn’t really about my daughter getting into something. It was about remembering that there is a future in front of us. It was about hope.
See, that’s the problem now. Many of us cancelled things we were looking forward to. Many of us have no plans on the horizon. Many of us can’t see the future. Many of us are starting to lose hope.
So here’s what I want you to do:
Figure out something to do tomorrow.
Figure our something to do next Tuesday.
Figure our something you can do next month.
It can be streaming some show that sounds interesting, or reading something off your TBR, or going to the market. But pick something.
Pretend it is the greatest thing in the world.
Read some things about the show or book.
Take a different route to the market.
But a food that you’ve never considered trying. Buy something just because it looks so good you can’t pass it by.
Do something that reminds you that there is a future in front of us, that our best days are not in the rearview mirror….
And I don’t mean those elaborate lists that people have created filled with all these things that you should try- those lists are sort of like New Years resolutions, where the first day you’re all gung ho, and then you’re like- no I really don’t want to learn to be a rockette in my living room…
I mean small, concrete, manageable things.
Things that you already enjoy, but need to reconfigure how you enjoy them…
Hope doesn’t have to be a four letter word…