You see, when I go to the theatre, my expectations are almost always pretty low. I have typically read or heard a less than favorable review from someone, so I think to myself "There is a good chance that this flick will suck donkey balls. Oh well, at least I am out of the house. Hey! I want popcorn and Raisinets®!"
And as I sit in that padded chair, eating my sweet and savory feast in a darkened room with mood lighting, I am magically transported away from my reality: shrieking children, unpaid bills and the demands of my life (clean me! feed me! fix me! clean me again!). In that theatre, I am almost always relaxed and at least somewhat entertained because I got to tune out of my life for two hours, and that in itself is lovely. So as long as there are mildly attractive people on the screen saying something mildly funny, or doing something mildly interesting, it's all good. And because I anticipated basically nothing from the actual content of the film, I am usually pleasantly surprised that the film contained at least one thing that I found to be charming.My uber low expectations were exceeded! Win!
But I have a different scope on "real life", which continually sets me up for failure and disappointment.
You see, I have two basic expectations of others:
- Be nice.
- Be honest.
Exhibit A: The Nice:
Exhibit B: The Honest:
So in conclusion, in my past, many of my relationships have been like food poisoning or a terribly disappointing movie (i.e.: You Don't Mess With the Zohan) and I leave with nausea and brain damage, thinking "Whoa. What a waste of time and money.".
****And because I am a realist, and I believe that "real life" should star Hailey Mills and every day should end with singing along with the forest creatures, magical kisses and castles made of chocolate mousse. What?
Perhaps when I meet people, I should expect them all to be fugly, lame, mean douchcanoes, and when there is a moment that they aren't, I will be surprised and somewhat amused!
Or maybe I should only talk to moderately attractive people, because if they are jerks, at least they aren't offending my aesthetic sensibilities.
Or maybe I should only speak with people who offer me free popcorn and Raisinets®, because that would make them officially BETTER than the movie theatre.
Daily tip: Let me offer up some helpful advice to help you feel satisfied with your relationships. Have only two expectations of others:
- They are a mammal.
- They are breathing.
Peace, Love and Raisinets®,