balancing expectations vs reality


It seems that a constant struggle for many people is the balance between expectations and reality. What does your boss expect from you? Parents? Significant other? Children? And most importantly – yourself?

Balance that with what you’re actually able to do. There are only 24 hours in a day and only so much brain power to devote to any given task.

I’ve realized my struggle is between my internal expectation of greatness with the external limitations of time and resources (read: money). Who’s with me? Who hasn’t struggled with this at one point or another?

A big expectation vs. reality battle comes with my 30 by 30 list.

“I am officially almost 30.” That’s what I tell anyone who asks me how old I am. I’ll be 30 in June and I’m faced with the fact that not only haven’t I accomplished as much as I had hoped off my list, but also in life. When I was 13, 30 was OLD! I was convinced that I would be married with 2.5 kids, a dog and white picket fence.

That’s far from reality, minus the dog. But, turns out, I’m happier than ever. I’m living my life to the fullest. I am surrounded with family, friends, places and experiences that fulfill me.

So why does it feel like I’m still falling short? This is where the external pressures come in. Everywhere I go, people ask me who I’m seeing or when I’m going to settle down. Guess what? I don’t know and I don’t want to know.

I’m living in the now, and that’s good enough for me. 

Until then, I’m continuing to cross things off my 30 by 30 list and will continue to add to and adapt the list as I see fit! So what if I haven’t hiked to the floor of the Grand Canyon? In fact, I’ve only ever went on one hike in my life and only made it a mile. Who cares that I haven’t really learned how to cook? I don’t want to spend my time learning something that really doesn’t interest me! 

Stay tuned for some photos of things that have recently inspired me and my happiness.


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