The world evolves. To wit, sun rise & set; leaves grow & fall. As tenants on this planet, we too evolve. If we don’t adapt, mismatched expectation will likely happen. Particularly with things we had done in the past but are no longer available.
I can’t read the grocery store aisle signs nor the fine prints in the newspaper. My eyesight are not as sharp as they used to be. I can’t bound up the stair steps like I did in my youth. Nor can I recall details quickly as before.
These are signs of me aging and perfectly acceptable as long as I don’t pretend otherwise. But often times, I fail to adjust and think (or secretly hope) things will never change. I get the mismatched expectations. Maybe I am not as much a realist as I think I am.
And I understand much better why my parents did and said the “wrong” things. No longer I feel the urge to correct them. Perhaps that I AM adjusting, albeit slowly.
How often do you experience mismatched expectation?
I’m 56 and have come to realize:
I can’t work in the yard in full sun all day.
I shouldn’t carry heavy things just because my hands can hold them. And my hands are not as strong a they used to be.
A few years ago I was in the final stage of recovery from a running injury.
Before this I could run a 1:45 half just about any time I wanted to.
I finished this half around 2 hours and I felt great.
It’s been a while since I’ve run under 1:50 but I’ve come to be okay with that.
These 2-hour halfs are fun and don’t beat me up the way striving for faster used to.
At my age I want to run and keep running for many more years.
Oh, and my eyes now suck. I can’t read small print with or without glasses. It takes me about 5 minutes every morning before I can even read my phone.
Now when I have mis-matched expectations I just laugh at my self.
Yes Andy, Keep running as long as we can. That’s my goal as well.