In modern time we see our life as a series of pictures our birth: birthdays, school, college, marriage, kids and we see the way its gone.
What about the expectations we had for our life when we started?
Where have the things gone we wanted to do, the life we wanted to live, the books we wanted to write?
Having expectations for our life is something which makes us who we are. We have dreams, goals and desires.
Each expectation is a bigger deal than the last.
We’re expected to do what our parents want us to do with our lives, but what if we want to do other things, what if we want to be a creative, be a writer, artist or actor?
Where does being a creative fit into the grand scheme of what society wants for us, regardless of our wants?
I hated college, I went only because it was my way out of a bad situation and in hindsight, I wish I wouldn’t have gone to college, I’d rather have spent my time, and my dad’s money writing, but I’m not sure he and my step-mother would have gone along with that idea.
I’ve always wanted more for myself than I felt my parents did.
I didn’t want to go to college, I wanted to be a Marine, when that fell through, I had nothing to fall back on.
I thought about traveling the world, working jobs to keep myself alive, there are times I wish I would have lived up to my own great expectations of who I wanted to be, but I lived life safely. I didn’t want to upset the relationships I’d built with my parents, I wish I’d been more like the person I am now, more willing to adventure than to do what I was told.
Now I’m more willing to take chances and risks. I’ve always felt I wasn’t allowed to be who I wanted; that there were restrictions, that I couldn’t be this that or the other. One of the things I felt my dad looked down on was creativity. Which, sorry to say, has always been my strong suit.
Twenty years ago I was afraid to be myself, afraid to take what I wanted to do and turn it into something else, something more like the life I wanted for myself.
I don’t regret my life or the choices I’ve made. Those choices are what led me to be a dad, husband and the experiences have made me a better writer.
We each have great expectations of what we want our lives to be.
Is your life what you wanted it to be when you were a kid, teenager or in your twenties?
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