Expectation vs. Reality

“Disappointment is the gap that exists between expectation and reality”

Everyone hopes to achieve their dreams, but no one should expect to. Expectations can be so far from reality, it is sometimes a waste to think that everything will play out the way you want it to. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to set high expectations, and it’s good to have high hopes, but too often that can turn out bad. When you have to face reality, it can be scary, depressing, and very disappointing. Who would choose to live in reality if we could live in our own dream world? Sometimes it even seems like a dream world could be more easily understood and more sane than reality. Day dreaming is the closest thing we have to living in our dream worlds. Day dreaming is a perfect escape, and find myself drifting away to that world more than I probably should be.

The fact that there is nothing but disappointment in between expectation and reality seems very true to me. When what we want to happen doesn’t, we’re often plagued with curiosity, questioning, and disappointment. There have been so many things in my life that did not turn out the way I expected. Some for better, and others for worse. I’ll give you an example…

This is my senior year of high school. As a freshman, sophomore, and junior, even in middle school I was always wondering about this year and what it’d be like. Honestly, I really didn’t know what to expect. I assumed I’d be loaded down with homework and long papers, going to some football games, having to spend hours and hours on college applications, having tons of dance classes, and not knowing how to get myself out of the deep, inescapable pit of senioritis. You could say that I am disappointed with the way my senior year has been so far. Things are a bit easier that I expected and I am doing tons of things that I did not think I would be doing. I am dual enrolled, I changed dance studios… Now this doesn’t mean that these things have disappointed me, I am perfectly happy with these changes and I’m very relieved that I’m not as stressed as I thought I would be. There is a small glimmer of hope in between reality and expectation. Sometimes what you didn’t believe would happen made you happier than what you expected would happen, and I am lucky to have reached that.

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One thought on “Expectation vs. Reality

  1. Lovely post! Thanks for linking to mine. In recovery we have an expression: “An expectation is a future resentment.” As soon as I develop an opinion about how something should go or someone should act, and I get attached to that opinion, I have signed up for unhappiness!

    Nice blog you have; I hope you’ll keep it up.

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