When you start exploring your expectations, you’ll notice a couple of things.
You’ll notice that you don’t care about many of the things others do.
Maybe that’s money, power, popularity, social status, or hedonistic pleasures.
That you do care about many things that others don’t.
Maybe that’s your health, emotional wholeness, a sense of purpose, personal growth.
You might find that while you and your friends still share similar values, you no longer share similar interests.
Or perhaps you still share similar interests, but no longer share similar values.
The point is, you’ll notice that you’re not like a lot of people.
This isn’t to say that you’re better than anybody else.
We all put on our pants one leg at a time, and we all end up in the dirt, after all.
Only that you’re different.
You’re pursuing a different life.
You’re becoming a different person.
You’re choosing different.
And different is rarely easy.
You’ll question whether what you’re doing is worth it.
You’ll question whether you’ve got mental or emotional issues.
You’ll question whether you’re compensating for insecurities.
You’ll question pretty much everything.
Oh, and other people will question you, too.
Even those closest to you.
They may actually question you the most.
It’s okay to not be normal.
It’s okay to want less.
It’s okay to want more.
It’s okay to expect less.
It’s okay to expect more.
It’s okay to pursue your best life.
Even when others don’t understand.
You have only yourself to answer to.
You have only your own expectations to meet.
You have only your life to live.
You are worthy of living it to the fullest.
However you define that.
You’ve got this.