Definition: Vorfreude; (pronounced: vor-froy-dah) German; noun
1. The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures.
Why I love this word:
This word can mean a lot of different things to different people. You can enjoy this feeling because you are imagining seeing a loved one soon, or you just can't wait for the semester to end or perhaps you're looking forward to a vacation. When I first read this word, my immediate thought was my career. I dream about my goals everyday--I really do. I get so excited about them and I want to accomplish as much as I possibly can and then once I have accomplished all my goals, I set new ones. It never ends and it's so much fun. I relish this joyous, intense anticipation daily about what's in store for my future. And let me tell you now--it's pretty exciting.
Photograph by Mary Beth