I recently watched Pedro Almodovar’s most recent film ‘I’m So Excited’ which takes place on a plane. I’m a huge fan of his films, however sadly this one is perhaps not one of his best. However, it did get me thinking about a recent trip to the airport after a recent holiday.
I noticed a girl walking in front of me into the arrivals area being met by her boyfriend with a huge kiss, a hug and tearful smiles of joy. They both looked so happy to see each other. Maybe she had been gone a few months or just a few days. Either way, it reminded me how rarely we see such positive scenes and consequently, how much I love airports especially for this very reason. Yes, there are sad stories but perhaps juxtaposed with the inherently transient nature of airports, there are also so many stories full of hope and excitement that just make you feel happy to be alive.
Have you ever had that feeling when you’re so looking forward to seeing somebody, doing something or going somewhere that you can’t eat, sleep or drink? How can we harness that positive energy to get as excited about other areas in our lives? And perhaps really mean it when we sing along to the Pointer Sisters’ seminal pop chorus line of ‘I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it’ which is where the Almodovar film takes its title.
Gandhi said ‘you may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.’
So with that in mind, what do you want your result to be? What do you want from your life? And based on that, what actions could you and will you take? Think though, what’s the likelihood of achieving what you want if you are not excited by it? If you can’t feel it, see it, touch it and taste it, how will you make it happen?
I have a friend who has been seriously thinking about moving to Italy for months. Other than work, it’s all she’s been thinking about because she’s been so excited about making it happen. It’s something she’s always wanted to do. She’s excited. And I’m excited for her. It’s infectious! And perhaps inevitably given her positive focus, she is now moving to Rome in November. She made it happen. And she’s happier than she’s ever been. So do it for yourself, for your friends and for your loved ones. Get excited and make it happen – though note that emigration and Pedro Almodovar films are not essential!