Expectations, what does that word mean to you? Commonly it means, “a belief that someone will or should achieve something.”

I think its easy to forget how lucky we really are…. that statement may not make the most sense to you now, but hold on to it, I’ll get there.

I personally have many expectations for myself, I want to publish a book, I want to have a job that is meaningful and does something for the greater good. I want to open a shop and sell all my yummy baked goodies, while people lounge around on huge overstuffed pillows, relaxing and unwinding after a long day, in a total non-hipster way. I want to be a professional photographer and photograph athletes in action. To be on the sideline of a NFL game with my camera would be such a dream come true, it would be ridiculous. I want to sell the crafty things I make, because i make way to much crafty stuff I’m running out of room.

See, So many great ideas, so much aspiration to become something great in my future. The only problem is, I have no idea how to get there, or what “path” I need to take. Does this path show up with a huge sign that says, “SHANNON TAKE THIS ONE, IT’S YOUR PATH!” Unfortunately, that is highly doubtful, but it would be convenient. Though nothing ever “worth it” is convenient as I’ve learned.

I think “expectation” is a hard word to define, some of you may be trapped with them, forced fed to you by your parents. Some may feel pressure because of what other friends are doing (thanks social media). Sitting in class listening to fellow students talk makes you stop and say, ” Wow, they’re going somewhere, can they take me along?” Or, If you’re like me you create them in your head for yourself, and on certain times of the month or randomly throughout the year, OR something bad happens and the world seems to be smothering you, you start to come down on yourself, HARD.

You start asking yourself questions like, What am I doing? Why am I here? What am I going to do when I grow up? Pretty soon, you’re the gas to the flame and you’re spiraling out of control.

Your situation may not be ideal, but it’s yours. The only person that’s going to be in control of your life should be you, which means luckily you can change your “deal.” “You can always change your stars,” I believe the mighty and powerful Hercules said that. We all have a different path, we all have some kind of issue that were trying to work out, but I think it’s important to remember that though there may be plenty of people who have it better off than you do, there are still plenty of people who have it far more worse than you.

So count your lucky stars, four leaf clovers, or blessings; however you categorize your good fortune. If ya only have bad luck, well, it’s better than having no luck at all. Quit the whining and go out and DO something.

Thats all I’ve got tonight kittens! Kisses.


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