The costume of expectations

The costume of expectations is the worst costume of all.

The costume of expectations is the costume we wear when we pretend to be what we aren’t and build up what others expect of us.

But this costume is heavy and it isn’t you. You’re not ready for the over promises you’ve committed to and the white lies about how well you’re doing and what you’re capable of are mild exaggerations at best.

By pretending to be someone else to impress other people we set ourselves up for immense stress and ultimately failure under the weight of great expectations.

By building yourself to be what others want, you chain yourself to continue being who others want.

That’s the recipe to look back with great regret as you grow older and wiser.

Some peer pressure is good, but taking on a full costume will saddle you with little more than the expectations of others while you live a life of misery.