When was the last time you felt excited rather than anxious about a new situation or challenge? Like a child being excited to go to a room full of new kids, thinking they will make many new friends. No second voice says that they will laugh, or not like something about them, not overthink how they are going to introduce themselves, just pure enthusiasm.
Of course, not all children are like this, but many of them possess this view about the world until a certain age and we can learn a lot from them. The more we grow up the more we hear a second negative voice that steals our enthusiasm. We keep expecting things to go wrong, or we don’t want to get too excited because we’ve been disappointed so many times. We think it’s naive to keep the same level of enthusiasm when things just don’t go as expected. Well, I get why we do this, I do it as well, but I missed being enthusiastic and I started looking for ways to reignite that fire.
When life gets kind of steady and every day looks almost the same, it’s easy to lose your enthusiasm after a while. Especially when we are engaged in activities that feel meaningless, or if we feel that we are not living authentically, or if we are overwhelmed with excessive worry and resentment, there is difficult to feel any enthusiasm. While we like comfort and security, we need to break the pattern now and then. However, we can’t just whenever we are bored, change jobs, projects, or places we live in, but we can create situations that excite us.
Here are a few ways in which you can bring your enthusiasm back. It will take some time if you lived a long while feeling numb, and some effort, so don’t dismiss them after one try.
- Do you have enthusiastic friends? That one person that always seems to see the good parts, gets excited about ice cream, and makes you feel at ease. Their age doesn’t matter, from 5 to 100, it could be anyone. Spend more time with, them and learn about their life views. Enthusiasm is contagious. If you don’t have anyone like that consider meeting new people, scary I know, but if there is any club you would like to join from sports to books but didn’t do it because no one else wants to come, this is your sign to try it. And go there with an open heart, same as your first kindergarten day.