Today’s task is finding inspiration from one word, there’s a list of words to pick from so I’ll start at the beginning and work through the others in due course.
Definitively, hope is “a feeling of expectation and a desire for a particular thing to happen”. My interpretation of that raises two questions:
What do I want?
What am I waiting for?
Though these questions are way too generalised. Right now, I want another coffee and I’m waiting for the kettle to boil!
There are so many contexts to which these questions apply. I could answer them professionally, materialistically, personally, wistfully, emotionally and even spiritually. I could answer them for myself or in regard to my family and friends.
I think hope in the definitive sense, is ever-evolving. What we hoped Santa would bring us at age 6, we’d probably laugh at as adults. Although at 43 I’m still open to Santa bringing me a Mr. Frosty set!
We may have hoped that a relationship would be happy ever after yet it ended badly. We may have hoped to get to the top of a career ladder yet made redundant after only a couple of years. We may have hoped for children yet never had them, hoped to pass a driving test yet fail the first few times.
In terms of what I want, I’ve noticed that since I became a parent and as I get older my wants have shifted from frivolous to more secure and stable things.
On my 40th birthday, I had a few friends round and after a good takeaway and a few drinks we set about writing bucket lists for a laugh. Each with a sheet of paper and a pen listing “Things to do before I die” and after we compared them to see if we had any the same which strangely, the four of us had many, so the more realistic ones, we did together over the next year. And these weren’t outrageous really, mostly places we dreamed of visiting, concerts we’d have loved to have gone to, that type of thing. And it was a beautiful, fun, enriching year.
In terms of what I’m waiting for, I’ve learnt to expect nothing. Then, you can’t be disappointed.
Til the next time, thanks for reading.