I never really conceptualized this until post Pakistan. In fact I have only been able to clarify this thought using those words in the last few weeks. My social scene is a little lacking. I miss my friends.
Talking in person to a person I met a few years ago I was able to have a short conversation Friday night about life and what is happening. Despite the fact that he is at least 30 years older than I am I was excited to see someone I know. He was also excited to see me. That's also part of the allure. Often when I am excited to see someone that person is excited to see me. I can never remember saying it or hearing it exactly that way "I am excited to see you." More often we say things like "I'm glad you're here" or "I'm glad you came" or "It's nice to talk to you". We rarely tell people that we are excited to be in their presence. I suppose it is similar to love, but love is patient and persistent and forgiving. Excitement is temporary. Excitement will not always describe how we feel about seeing the people we love. In that respect excitement is unique.
Excitement is fun. For years I was taught to use descriptive words, not words like fun and exciting, but exciting gets the point across a little more clearly than passionately positive or enthusiastically motivated. You are unique. I want to spend time with you. I want to look you in the face, although I must admit when I talk I'll probably stare at the ground because I am shy. Obviously I can't spend time with everyone and make connections with everyone, but to my friends, I am excited to see YOU!