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Sunday, July 2, 2017

expectations

Things never go as planned.

You think your flight will leave on time.
It gets cancelled.

You think your luggage will show up at your destination.
It doesn't.

You are unsure that you will have a good time.
You realize you could have never envisioned the amazing time you were about to embark on.

With teaching, you have to always maintain unwavering, high expectations for your kids, but in life? I think maybe it's best to let a bit of that go.

Case in point - Everyone told me how amazing Barcelona was going to be. Park Guell. The beach. Las Ramblas. La Sagrada Familia.


But we were late getting in, missed a day of sightseeing, and didn't even go into Sagrada Familia, and so Barcelona was just okay for me.

On the other hand, no one mentioned Madrid much, and so I was not really even interested in visiting. And then we go there and it totally exceeded my expectations.

The city center was named Puerta del Sol and the streets that ran out from the center of the city actually made it look like the sun. The days we were there it happened to be the annual worldwide Pride Festival, and there were signs all over the city saying, "No matter who you love, Madrid loves you." There were all kinds of shops and restaurants, a beautiful mercado, and tapas and churros and... joy. It was just amazing and I can't wait to go back.

So expectations. I say keep them high in the classroom, keep them high for yourself, but for everyone else? Let stuff go.




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3 comments:

  1. I think, for me, the rule about expectations is that they will give me a reason to create a resentment. I can expect a lot from my students, but if they don't give it to me, I have to willing to accept them where they are and give myself some grace, because I tend to take it very personally. Great post!
    http://randomthoughtsofagratefuladdict.blogspot.com/2017/07/six-on-sunday.html

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  2. I think, for me, the rule about expectations is that they will give me a reason to create a resentment. I can expect a lot from my students, but if they don't give it to me, I have to be willing to accept them where they are and give myself some grace, because I tend to take it very personally. Great post!
    http://randomthoughtsofagratefuladdict.blogspot.com/2017/07/six-on-sunday.html

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  3. So true. Expectations shape our experiences. Knowing how to set them in various circumstances are key to a successful life.
    Alyce

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