Expectations are those feelings one strongly believes that something will happen. These feelings arise when one has a special bonding with a person or anything. Expectations play a vital role in everyone’s lives. Expectations may become a motivation for a person and they may also be the reason for depression for the same person. These feelings are dual faced.
There are numerous ways where your expectations can be channelized into the motivating factor to keep you going. For instance, the happiness on the face of your parents when they see you successful. That ‘happiness’ is the expectation that motivates you to strive for success. The desire and craving to see your parents happy will make you push your limits and go further. This is how expectations motivate you. One more instance, the special treatment and place for you in your beloved’s life is an expectation. To get this place you will make your beloved feel special and treat him/her accordingly. That place will act as a motivation for you to keep loving your beloved and create an unbreakable bonding. Then if you have ever had a hope that once you reach and achieve a respectable status in the society, the society will treat you with dignity and respect; this hope is an expectation. This is enough to push you further. The hope we have is a form of expectation.
Expectations if kept genuine and realistic then they can give you enough adrenaline to keep you going. Never let your expectations overpower your natural being. If it happens, your life will be a mess and depression will blanket you. It’s one of the most brutal feeling one can experience. Expectations can toss you and you can land in a pool of happiness, or the same toss will land you in a turmoil. It is not difficult to learn how to keep your expectations realistic and balance them. Usually no one has ever learned on the first go how to do this, but eventually learns it with experience and time. There is mere a thin line between realistic and unrealistic expectations. One needs to identify what that line is and stick to it. This will by far way keep you happy.