I’ve been watching older episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee lately. On one such episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus shares some advice her mother gave her: Always have something to look forward to.
This really hit home with me. I consider myself a positive person, but as I grow older, I’ve developed a habit of letting things I dread in the future loom over present happiness. Like, for weeks leading up to jury duty, it sat like a weight on my shoulders, even as I was doing other fun stuff.
This even happens with things I’m excited about, like my trip to Seattle. When my eyes flicker over the calendar, instead of relishing in that excitement, I frown at the hassle of travel.
Julia’s comment made me realize that I need to make a conscious effort to always have something to look forward to, and to truly look forward to it, not dwell the one annoying thing about it.
So right now, I’m looking forward to the World Cup starting, watching The Incredibles 2 on Friday, and attending a local concert of one of my favorite bands, Typhoon, on Saturday. As I think about my upcoming days, there are actually lots of things I’m excited about. Perhaps my issue isn’t the immediate future, but things weeks and months ahead. I’ll work on that.
What are you looking forward to?