A Guest Post for Self Sagacity
We have all felt it at one point or another in our lives - whether it be waiting for a potential lover to return our messages, a wage-worker looking forward to their paycheck, a child sitting around for their parent to pick them up after school, or vague expectations. But to whom do we owe this feeling? We take precious time out of our lives to set ourselves up for, what is often times, disappointment.
My favorite quote, and the most applicable, is Shakespeare’s, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” At first I merely agreed with it in passing; now, I truly believe that it is the source of all emotional pains. If I wasn’t expecting something exciting to happen to me today, would I be feeling ordinary? If I hadn’t expected my dad to ever be on time when I had gotten out of school, I wouldn’t be picking at the grass sadly while one-by-one all the other first-graders cheerfully zoomed off with their parents. Thankfully, getting lost isn't one of his excuses today. He owns a gps handheld garmin. If I hadn’t been expecting a big paycheck, maybe I wouldn’t have needed it to pay off my credit card bill. But perhaps the most effective of them all: if I hadn’t been expecting him to return the feeling, maybe I wouldn’t feel let down, waiting around for him.
*About the author- Soul searching and self developing. Supposedly I now have a column on selfsagacity.com (under self wisdom) tab. My writing is mostly fictional examples, however the emotions are real. Look for my articles on Tuesdays and thanks for reading.
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