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30th December, 2022

This German word Vorfreude is unique and has no English equivalent.

It comes from the words vor (“before”) and Freude (“joy”) and means something along the lines of “joyful anticipation.”

Vorfreude is the joy you experience while you are looking forward to something like the excitement before a journey or a holiday with family and friends.

Germans mostly associate “Vorfreude” with the anticipation you feel before Christmas and New Year.

Often, “Vorfreude” is characterized as a childish anticipation, because children are almost always overwhelmed by eagerness and yearning for the Big Day.

For me, the cusp of a New Year is always full of ‘Vorfreude’ – an anticipation, an eagerness, a yearning for the wonderful things that I am always expecting to happen in the New Year.

Like in any other year, this coming year too,

there will be some disappointments,

some races lost,

some resolutions forgotten, some milestones missed, but the journey ahead will definitely be enjoyable and full of several rewards.

The law of attraction says, when you expect or anticipate good things to happen, they invariably happen; the Universe conspires to make it happen.

Hence let’s look ahead to 2023 with ‘Vorfreude’ and stay blessed forever.