Expectations? Deal With It!
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Expectations? Deal With It!

'That's it?!' 'That's all there is?!' ....How often have you thought this. Probably every day....about one thing or another. You see....Life is all about expectations that are, in many cases, unrealistic. Human nature!

You're a sports fan. You look forward to Sunday. Your football team is playing a critical game against a division rival......Expectations! It's going to be a great game!

Kickoff finally arrives. Your team plays like it's their first preseason game. They can't run....they can't pass....boring. Expectations went out the window! You're napping by the third quarter....watching Matlock reruns at the two minute warning. Depression? You bet! But why?

Expectations....your vision of how events SHOULD occur. So....reality didn't meet YOUR expectations....you're depressed. OK....it is what it is....deal with it!

I have a teenage daughter. OK....you're smiling....you know what's coming! How? You're either a parent or a teenager. Or, you've been either at one time or another. So, anyway....I look forward to her coming home from school. Oh.....the conversations we're going to have over dinner! How fun and exciting her day was. How much she learned! I will re-live my childhood through her stories! Just to watch my little girl's face light up as she relates the funny little pranks her friends pull on each other. Oh.....I SO look forward to this! Expectations!

The door opens....my daughter is home....finally! "So, how was your day", I ask. "Don't ask" is her tort reply as she heads for her bedroom and slams the door. The rest of the night? Well....that didn't go much better. Expectations! Letdown? Mild Depression? You bet! Real life didn't meet MY expectations! It is what it is.

There is this line that many people like to use....'Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst'! That may be sage advice when dealing with serious financial matters and such.....but, when faced with life's little situations? Sorry, I don't buy it! I ALWAYS expect the best outcome!

My football game stunk! Big time! But....would I trade a week's worth of excited, anxious, 'it's great to be alive' expectations for a few hours of mild depression? No....of course not. You learn how to deal with it. (Besides....I'm a Philly fan....depression and sarcastic humor go with the territory)

As for my daughter? Well....you talk it out the best you can. Listen. Tell her you understand. (meaning....try to look like you have a clue) Then....look forward to a better day tomorrow. Oops....there goes them expectations again!

What I DID have though, is a very 'feel good' day....anticipating a great night. I cannot discount that. Yes....I wish that my daughter had a better day at school. Not because of my expectations, but because I love her and I would hope that EVERY day of her life is filled with joy and happiness. And I know that we will also have days together that will exceed my expectations.

The point is (assuming that I have one), is that expectations are great....they keep us interested, excited, motivated, and engaged in life. One should never let the shadow of failed expectations prevent us from 'expecting the best'. OK....the destination wasn't what you expected.....but.....the journey was worth it!

Failed expectations? You know what? That's life.......deal with it!


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