I am searching for a word to describe a group of people who are ready for change but desperately need a catalyst.

I understood that my country needs transformative economists just like a seed needs water to grow and decided to devote my life to being the water of my ____ people.

The ideas that I have are:"brimming with expectations" or "hopes". As you see, the words that I have come up with don't really encapsulate the connotations that I want to imply. If possible, I would like to use a single word.

Also, I think my sentence sounds a bit awkward. Can anyone suggest me better revisions of my sentence?

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    How about "My country needs transformative economists like a seed needs water to grow, and I've decided to devote my life to being that water to my ___ people."? Alternatively, "Like a seed needs water to grow, my country needs transformative economists, so I've..." – Quelklef Sep 2 '17 at 16:15
  • Thank you for your comment, I will consider your suggestions. – user241133 Sep 2 '17 at 16:17

Consider expectant.

expectant adjective 1 Having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something good. ‘expectant crowds arrived early’ - ODO

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    If ' "brimming with expectations" ... [doesn't] really encapsulate the connotations that I want to imply', then neither does "expectant". – Edwin Ashworth Sep 2 '17 at 10:26
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    @EdwinAshworth The OP wants a single word. Also, expectant has a somewhat more hopeful connotation than brimming with expectations. – Lawrence Sep 2 '17 at 11:59

Agog is an apt word.

agog /əˈgɒg / ▸ adjective [predic.] very eager or curious to hear or see something:


Consider yearning (MWD)

a tender or urgent longing a yearning for justice

or thirsting (MWD)

an ardent desire : craving, longing a thirst for success

  • yeah, but İ can't say my thirsting country – user241133 Sep 2 '17 at 22:04
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    @IlkinBayramli that's not the example you provided... my thirsting people works rather well, literally and figuratively. – 0xFEE1DEAD Sep 2 '17 at 22:07
  • I've absolutely heard "a people thirsting for change" before. – cmcf Oct 3 '17 at 3:29

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