I've heard it said so many times in life... "expect the worst." This phrase has gained popularity over the years from people who are often in bad or terrible situations that they feel they can not do anything about. Whether the phrase is connected to a job, a love life, family situations, society, or someone just plain screwing you over, people have used this phrase almost like an emotional cushion to fall back onto. That way, when something doesn't go exactly according to plan, or the way they would like, the sting of disappointment doesn't hurt as much. The plain truth is that disappointment and discouragement ALWAYS HURTS. No padded phrase is ever going to change that. I admit it, I've fallen many times into this trap of accepting the phrase as it is. "Expect the worst." For years I've lived my life this way, always expecting the worst out of every situation, that way if something good did happen, I'd be pleasantly surprised, as I would put it. The thing about 'expecting the worst' is that a person is constantly setting themselves up for disappointment. I'm not saying the world is roses and sunshine, I know it's not, far from it in reality. However, when we become accustomed to 'expecting the worst' the 'worst' becomes us. We're so used to rejection, disappointment, failures, just...crap...in general...that we expect crap, all the time, no matter the situation, and so we live in a state of crappiness.
Well, I'm sick of expecting crap all the time. I know I'm just one person out of billions on this planet, but I, along with every human being out there, deserves nothing but the best, and allowing ourselves to be okay with the worst is just continuously going to keep us at the lowest level there is. So now, I'm shifting my perspective to expect the best! Why shouldn't I expect the best? Everybody should. There's no reason we should have to settle for the worst. If the situation is something you can take action on, not in a violent way, but in a way where you can use your words and thoughts to think of a better solution, do it. I know expecting the best leaves a person vulnerable. Maybe that's another reason why people often expect the worst, for if they keep their expectations low, they don't make waves, they don't raise suspicions, they keep under the radar for the most part, and in time, become invisible. I say, don't be invisible. Keep your expectations so high, that no one can touch them...become invulnerable, not invisible. When I say keep your expectations high, I'm not telling you to walk around with some chip on your shoulder as if you're King or Queen of the universe. I'm telling you to know your worth, know your standards and expectations, and fight to keep them high. I know it won't be easy, I know I'll face opposition at times. But I'm worth the best and so are you.