How To Be Excited

On a coach trip to Seville recently, a young (7-ish year-old) boy clambered up onto to the seat next to me. He asked to sit by the window and then urgently proceeded to rub his nose against it to see what was outside. He was excited. Really excited. With lots of exclamation marks!!! I had no idea why. Maybe he was looking for something. Maybe he was expecting to see his favourite footballer walk by. It doesn’t really matter. It struck me just how excited he was at that moment.

This experience just got me thinking about how we sometimes lose that feeling as we get older. Perhaps inevitably we don’t have as many ‘first-time’ experiences any more, but from time to time we do and most people just don’t seem to get too excited about it. Maybe we just don’t express it as openly as we did as children. We develop more inhibitions over time. Or some people just don’t jump up and down as much when they hear good news. That’s neither good nor bad, it’s just the way it is, but how we express it is not important. We do it the way we do it. But actually experiencing that sense of excitement is my point here. So when was the last time you were really excited? So much that you couldn’t sleep the night before?

And so you know, the boy’s mother was in the seat in front of me on the coach. She told me that she had no idea what he was looking for either but that he just liked looking out of the window when they travelled. So, it looks like he was simply excited about all the possibly amazing things that he could see looking out of a coach window. This could have included his favourite footballer or some sheep. That was it. Looking out of a window. Perhaps, there’s something in that for us all…

Feature image photo by Henrique Ferreira on Unsplash

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Pedro Almodovar

I’m So Excited

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!