Anticipation and Why It May Be Better Than The Real Event

By Emily O’Reilly
Anticipation is an emotion and feeling that everyone experiences before something they are doing happens in the future. Anticipation can be positive or negative depending on the type of situation and if they think the event will be good or bad. It can impact the rest of someone’s day, how they feel overall, and how they treat others. Expectations can easily take over someone’s mind no matter how close or how far away the event they are waiting for may be. It may cause motivation for smaller tasks or less important events. Someone’s amount of anticipation is likely to grow as the event gets closer and closer to become a reality.
That being said, it is very common that the anticipation is better than what actually happens. For example, someone could be looking forward to a movie that they have been waiting for for over a year but when they actually watch it, it doesn’t meet their expectations. It was nothing like what they had previously pictured. The anticipation for the movie turned out to be better than what they actually saw. They are more likely to have a negative reaction and view of the movie compared to someone who wasn’t waiting or expecting it to come out. When they think of that event, they are more likely to picture their anticipation rather than their actual view of the movie itself. This can happen for a wide range of occurrences. Although there are many scenarios where the actual situation can be better than the anticipation, especially if the anticipation was negative, sometimes the anticipation is a more exciting outcome than reality.