The expectations of learning the guitar.

At a family celebration for my 8-year-old son’s birthday, I asked him, “So now that you’re 8, what have you learned about life?” He replied, “Have good expectations. Like, if you get excited about going on the swings at a new park and there aren’t any swings, you’ll be upset. Instead, say to yourself there might not be any swings. And then you won’t be upset.” I paused, with great pride beaming from my eyes, and said, “Wow! That’s really good, dude.” What a profound thing to say. He was totally right. Expectations carry a lot of weight. Every time I see a movie and have lower expectations because of a few bad reviews, I end up actually enjoying the movie. My hopes for it were really low so my level of joy at the end was much higher.