Expectations vs. Reality – One Size Doesn’t Fit All

There is nothing more difficult than walking in someone else’s shoes. There is a lot that is usually overlooked and yet every detail matters. We barely have the same footing even when we are wearing the same shoe and are headed in the same direction. Hence, the same pair of shoes will never feel the same way to everyone.

Everyone has their own preference and they have the right to own their choices. As a result, we probably have different methodologies for the same destination or sometimes we just have different priorities.

[ctt template=”8″ link=”0b804″ via=”no” ]Measuring success based on who has the longest heel, the most expensive shoe, or who gets to the destination first is unfair for so many reasons.[/ctt]

Some of the expectations placed on us by society are really tempting and alluring but never fulfilling. I would rather be happy being true to myself than hope for something because society expects me to. There is nothing wrong with embracing our own realities even when they are far from other’s expectations.

I have watched women being questioned about why they are not yet married, why their younger sisters have gotten married before them, why someone else has succeeded first, why they don’t follow someone else’s road to success…the list is endless. There seems to be a specific timeline that defines a successful woman, and the inability to live up to that standard suggests failure.

I’d like to believe that everyone at some point in their lives tries their best to be the best version of themselves on their own, whether we choose to see it or not. The sad truth is that sometimes even our best is just never good enough. When we fail to meet up to society’s expectations, they would rather treat us like broken glass than cherish the moments we did shine on our own.

No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to please everyone. While you may please some, you will fail to meet up to other people’s expectations. If their timelines happen to be at odds with yours, let it go and live your life the best way you know how. Expectations and reality are two different things. Be true to yourself and you will never regret it.

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