Day 2480: Expectations

As I am well into my seventh year creating and sharing this daily blog, my expectations are that I would have blogged about this important topic of expectations before (which I did, here, here, and here).

have no expectations about whether you will read those previous blog posts.

Yesterday, in a Coping and Healing group, the chosen topic was expectations.



I wrote about how my expectations for the So You Think You Can Dance live tour on Sunday night affected my experience of the performance.

My expectation is that my drawing, above, needs some explanation:  There were big black boxes (which contained stage lights) blocking our view of the dancers’ feet, which was not what I expected.  At first I was disappointed (“So you thought you could see!”) , but then I let go of that expectation (“Okay.  It is what it is.”) and thoroughly enjoyed the performances.

I wonder if people have any expectations about my other photos from yesterday?













If you attend your high school reunion wearing your old prom outfit, that will probably go against people’s expectations.

My expectations, here and now, include the following:

  • People will express thoughts and/or feelings in comments, below.
  • The United States of America will have a new President by 2021.
  • There are certain things I can control and other things I cannot control.
  • Letting go of expectations helps me be more committed to the present moment.
  • On Day 2525 of this blog I will include the song “In The Year 2525.”
  • I will be able to find a good enough song for today’s post.


My expectation is that some people will be able to view that Official Music Video of “Expectations” by MAGIC! and others will not.

If you had expectations that I would end this post with thanks to all who help me create these daily posts (including YOU), you were right!



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22 thoughts on “Day 2480: Expectations

  1. If my memory is correct, Ann, I recall you having trouble seeing the feet of dancers at a similar performance from a previous blogging tale. I wish the producers had read that and done something to meet the audience’s expectations.

  2. My expectations are that I will always be pleasantly surprised by life

  3. My expectation is that, sometimes, I will meet the unexpected.

  4. Luis Del Castillo

    I’m always expecting an awesome blog and I’m never disappointed!

  5. ‘Great Expectations’ doesn’t disappoint

  6. This quote, I think, does a good job of summing up what we should expect from ourselves and each other:
    “Diversity is the engine that drives this country. We are an immigrant nation! The first generation works their fingers to the bone making things, the next generation goes to college and innovates new ideas, the third generation… snowboards and takes improv classes.”

  7. Maureen

    The window started this ear worm:

  8. For some years now, I have tried to get rid of any expectations at all. This isn’t always possible, but mostly it is. This does, that I don’t get disappointed so often any longer, Ann.

  9. I try not to have high expectations that way I don’t get let down as much

  10. Do you know that I had the same experience with the SYTYCD tour? A few years ago I decided to treat my daughter to the experience and paid a little more for floor seats, closer to the action. My thought was that to see and fully appreciate dancing, I’d need “good” seats. Well, the way it was set up we couldn’t see the feet either. It was a weird experience, in some ways. I suppose we did the same as you and at some point adjusted our expectations, because I know we had a good time. My husband says, “I never expect anything therefore I’m never disappointed.” I have told him that is a little bleak for me, but at the same time, he may be onto something. LOL!

    • I think you’re onto something, my friend. And I think it’s soooo weird that the producers of this show would do this. Next time, I’ll try to remember and sit up in the balcony. However, it was wonderful to be close enough to see their expressions. I expect I’ll agonize over this next year!

  11. Pingback: Day 2525: Have no doubt | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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