Sitting here in my business class, just repeating my professors words inside my head, “don’t fall in love with an idea that’s going nowhere”. I know he’s talking about a startup but I can’t help but relate his advice to the rest of life. How scary it is to be in love with something that isn’t promised. A certain lifestyle perhaps or an expectation of your future. Expectations are really the thieves of joy. We expect too much sometimes only to get that feeling in the pit of your stomach of disappointment when something doesn’t go the way you were planning.
We all have dreams, goals and plans. We all want a specific lifestyle, career, and have a list of things we want to do. It’s a beautiful feeling to feel so empowered knowing you have so much time to do everything that this world has to offer. But what if you don’t? When you think about it, nothing is promised. The world owes you nothing and any moment your life can change. So how do you handle this unexpected hit? You have to learn to change with your circumstances. Believe that everything happens for a reason and find the silver lining in every good and bad situation. That’s the way to overpower the disappointment which takes away your happiness.
I think it’s okay and maybe even good to have expectations, but I also think that you must be fully and completely open to understanding the flow of the universe and being okay with changes. Being okay when things don’t go your way, because really what’s meant for you will always be yours.