I have decided to post photos of past travels in general and our eight year sailing adventure on SV Irie in particular for Wordless Wednesdays. Also, I can’t manage “completely wordless”, but I’ll try my best at “almost wordless”. 🙂
With thousands of photos haphazardly archived over the years, I can’t easily pick what to post, so I use the weekly prompt of the Daily Post to inspire my Wordless Wednesdays. This week’s Daily Post photography theme is “anticipation“.
Anticipation is an interesting theme. It lifts the spirit, makes your heart jump, creates excitement, and can be fun, unless reality turns out to be nothing like you predicted. Anticipation does not prepare you for what will actually happen, which can be better, or worse. Anticipation can create dread if faced with something you don’t look forward to. When the situation is entered, things might turn out better than expected, leading to relief.
Anticipation’s big brother is expectation. It fits in the same category. While I used to love the excitement of anticipation and had strong expectations about certain upcoming events or destinations, experience has taught me not to fall into that trap. Many times, anticipation, or more often expectation, leads to disappointment, taking the joy right out of it. Of course, the brain has a mind of its own and whether you want it or not, anticipation and expectation are part of life, so it’s better to enjoy the butterflies and be prepared for possible downfalls!
To me the best representation of anticipation is landfall, especially after a long or tough sailing passage. While we don’t think much about the destination itself before arriving, the thought of being in a comfortable anchorage and resting up again is enough to make us antsy to get there. Having impressive scenery greet us is a bonus.
Getting somewhere by plane, especially landing in “new” territory causes a similar feeling of anticipation. Although in this case, I am pretty sure that I will be comfortable and ready to explore once I reach my destination. Anticipation grows stronger when returning to our home countries, where we know what to expect.
Do you succumb to anticipation and expectations? Do you enjoy the feeling?