Amarantine Volume 4: Expectations! - Page 75

I had too many thoughts related to ‘expectations’ and struggled to get my ideas sorted out to write this article. I was wondering why? How come I can be so tangled in my own emotions that I couldn’t quite pin point what to share! ‘I am not in this world to live up to your expectations and you are not in this world to live up to mine’. Bruce Lee As I looked back I understood; it was because I had a tug-of-war inside me, on views of having high expectations and lowering the existing expectations. I decided to start simple. I started to look at some of the famous Quotes. Surely, it did wonders to figuring out my own thoughts…. While there were many quotes on lowering expectations, there were very few written on having expectations. Throughout all, my favorite was Bruce Lee’s Quote. I saw such value behind those words. Clarity of my own jumbled feelings slowly started to move into place, a piece of the mind puzzle moved to where it belonged. ‘The secret to happiness is low expectations’. Barrv Schewartz I would like to ask you a question. Do you feel like you are ‘living’? ‘There are ways to be happy - improve your reality or lower your expectations’. ‘Expectations are pre mediated resentments’. Anonymous ‘Sometimes you just have to lower your expectations to avoid unnecessary disappointments’. Anonymous ‘Expectation is the root of all heartache’. Shakespeare ‘Keep your expectations high on achievement and low on people’. Anonymous ‘Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations’. Ryunosuke Satoro When I asked myself this question, truthfully I understood the answer to it was ‘I don’t feel like I am living’. Sometime ago I have put my life into the ‘default’ mode, rather than customizing it the way that I wanted. Lots of things have come on my way and I haven’t chosen the most important aspects of my life, I haven’t realized the areas I wanted to say ‘No’ to, I have just passed time in the recent past feeling overwhelmed. I could see in my mind’s eye, even though I blamed others for my circumstances, deep within I knew it’s me who needs to take responsibility for it. I stopped living for a while. This realization of my present life shed light in terms of expectations. I realized that most of the time I have lowered my expectations on many aspects of my life, to avoid feelings of disappointment, hurt, lack of control, etc. I have probably lowered my expectations more often than I had expectations for myself. I had Volume4 AMARANTINE 75