Expectations of us can be encouraging, assuring and empowering, but they can equally be limiting, pressurising and de-motivating, if they force us into a vision of life that we do not visualise for ourselves. We should feel free to explore and identify our passions, beliefs and talents, no matter which boxes we have been categorised into. We should venture into different channels and find what we feel is right, regardless of the path laid out for us. We should be proactive and reactive to challenges by creating solutions that seem impossible to find. We need to work hard and push ourselves further than the people who think we’re not adequate. Do not listen to those who tell you to give up. Do not listen to those who tell you that you’re not good enough. Do not listen to those who force you onto a path you don’t want for yourself. Do not listen to those who don’t understand. Defy those expectations. The only expectations that matter anyway are the ones we have for ourselves.
(Image by Mae Chevrette)