Expectations! What happens if you set them too high? Part 1

I was talking to some friends the other day and we got to talking about their recent trips to Disney.  We realized that, if you are like me, you have your perfect vacation all set out in your mind.  You know what you are going to do and what you expect to happen.  But then it all becomes a reality and you realize your “Dream Vacation” is exactly that, a “DREAM”.  REALITY CHECK!  Just because you are at the most magical place doesn’t mean that life isn’t going to happen.

Here is a quote from one of my friends.  “We have not been to Disney in 5 years, so upon the conclusion of our trip this past week I can say I have learned a lot about expectations. I went into this trip with high expectations on the way my children were going to react and act from the moment we told them until the end of the trip. Needless to say, I came out of it disappointed. Don’t get me wrong. We had a great time and the kids had moments of extreme excitement but what I envisioned was way off. When planning a Disney trip (or any trip) it is easy to imagine how things will go. After days of disappointment (and some wise words from my mother -Don’t tell her I said that) I agreed that my expectations for the trip were too high. I mean why would my kids be on their best behavior’s, be SUPER grateful for everything and not complain once? Why did I think that being in a place where you are running around and trying to see and do everything that my husband and I would be all lovey dovey the whole time?  The expectations you have can make or break your trip.  Everyone will be getting less sleep and doing ALOT more activity and walking around. So expect tired and cranky (from the kids too) or take breaks or sleep in. Try not to change the families normal sleep schedule too much or you will have some crankiness to deal with.”
So all this to say, don’t set your expectations so high that you are disappointed and mad that your trip isn’t going as planned.  Be flexible and go with the flow.  It will make your trip more enjoyable.  And if you find yourself getting upset, take 10 to 15 minutes to head to the bathroom by yourself and re-group.
I have to thank my friends, Mary and Heather, for contributing to this blog post.  Thanks!