My mentor loves to tell the story about his first job right out of the army.
Honolulu’s military base had a job opening that was perfect for him. The opportunity was too good to pass up.
After a few weeks of interviewing, he got the job, relocated his family to the tropics and started a new life on the island.
What’s interesting is how he described the experience twenty years later. I asked him what it was like living in a place where most people go on vacation. To which he responded:
You will do everything in paradise in the first two weeks.
It really messes with your head. It’s like the honeymoon of life.
Consider recently retired people. They undergo something very similar. Liberated from work obligations for the first time in decades, boredom creeps in quickly. They don’t know what to do with themselves. And it’s a struggle just to fill their days, much less fulfill their dreams.
Point being, each of us has our own version of this scenario. There’s this long held assumption around freedom and happiness and success that we suddenly realize isn’t everything that it’s cracked up to be.
It’s a disappointing moment. And there’s not much we can do to prevent it. Only learn from it. Only remember that most things aren’t what they seem.
The sooner we accept that, the less painful the cruel bite of reality will feel.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Where did you get your training in the art of expectation?
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