Eager vs. Anxious

Good day, my precious wonders!

As I savor my delicious spinach pasta with cherry tomatoes and nutritional yeast, I started reminiscing about comments my fabulous readers have left on The Fairy Godwriter Facebook page. One of them, a dapper gentleman by the name of John, asked for clarification on the usage of “eager” and “anxious”. And because I like to see you lovely readers happy, today’s blog is about his request. While both scenarios anticipate a future event, that is where their similarities end.

What are you looking forward to?

Let’s say you have something fun coming up; say, a trip to Europe. At the same time, you’re worried that despite the fact that you’ve been eating healthy and working out for months (right?), you might fall off the wagon while on vacation.

In that simple paragraph, I mentioned something that makes you giddy and happy in anticipation, and something that puts a bit of a damper on things. Therein lies the difference between “eager” and “anxious”:

When you’re looking forward to something that will make you happy, you’re eager for it to happen. “I’m eager to finally start my Italy trip!”

When you associate a negative connotation to something, it makes you anxious: “I’m anxious about backtracking on all of my weight loss progress while I’m in Tuscany.” (here’s a really easy way to remember it: Is anyone ever happy about anxiety? Of course not. So if you’re worried or nervous about a future event, you’re anxious about it).

Now, let me go off on a tangent here and tell you the following: EAT and DRINK your merry hearts away while traveling in Europe! (I would suggest you go on long distance runs too, because those views will make them even more enjoyable; but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea).

Alright, lovelies. That’s all I’ve got for today. Gotta go do my fairy thing.

Much love,

The Fairy Godwriter

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