From the minute we’re born, expectations are put upon us. For some of us, expectations are about education, for others expectations are about their children getting married, settling down.
Like an underlying current, expectations continue to envelop as we grow. Communities, parents and school, all have expectations. It’s become a generation and cultural thing. Society expects us to teach our children how to behave, it expects them to reach certain standards. Children are also expected to know about values and morals too.
Because expectations have become part of the bigger picture and are commonplace in society, expectations have become part of our DNA now. We’re not only expected to conform, but we’re also expected to conform. For many, expectations are well intentioned but they can have a negative effect on us, as it serves to do the opposite.
If we fail to live up to other people’s expectations that can impact us emotionally too. Because of other people’s expectations we may fail to meet our own expectations, or may not even know what those are. It’s not only tiring and counter-productive, but it can also have a negative impact on us.
As long as we do our best that should be enough. Of course, without the pressures and other people’s expectations, we should always choose to give of our best.