I’d like to say a few words on my experience of anticipation. The 48 hours leading up to my scheduled departure to Korea brought me very close to this complex feeling. I would soon start a new chapter in a new country with a new job. I left a position in banking and finance, a lucrative career I had invested 5 years into plus the years of my university education (both undergraduate and graduate). This was big.
The transition was by no means smooth, and the transition period was a lot longer than I would have liked or expected. But the moment was now imminent, on the cusp. The wait was finally over. And with the anticipation came the realization of the enormity of the task ahead. New country. New job. New culture. New language. New people. For a long time. This was no longer travel, this was life. New life.
For fleeting instants I doubted whether I had made the right decision. But those instants disappeared as fast as they came. Enthusiasm is a core aspect of anticipation. Yes, along with anticipation there may be anxiety or giddiness. But since the anticipation is towards a positive (albeit unknown) outcome then the core is still enthusiasm. Enthusiasm for this longed for event and the possibilities it brings.
Let’s get this show on the road!