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Thursday, February 1, 2007Great Expectations
You know how everyone has certain expectations for how they will perform at certain tasks? I generally have pretty high expectations for myself. But then as I partake in said activity I become disappointed...EVERY SINGLE TIME. I'll explain.
I like to play basketball. I am generally pretty confident on the way to the court. I make most of my shots in warm ups. This fills me with confidence. I imagine myself making acrobatic layups and throwing alley-oops to my 6'1" teammates.
I also like to play tennis. I have high expectations that I will serve the ball 130mph, rope backhand winners down the line, and hit drop shots that could make the statue of David cry. Although I am not sure how much of a tennis enthusiast David was.
I also like to pretend I am smart. I expect that when tackling a new topic I will be able to grasp its key functions and components quickly and with full comprehension.
BUT then reality sets in...as it ends up I am not a very good basketball player, I rarely make inanimate objects cry with my tennis skills, and I don't usually have full comprehension of any subject in minutes (or years). But there is good news...I might know the reason.
It might have something to do with the fact that I put too much pressure on myself to perform, so I can only fail when it comes to it. But the more likely solution is that I really dislike practicing and studying. I really don't like doing that. So that is probably it.
Actually, it's because I am so good at everything that I pretend like I don't do it well...just so other people won't feel bad. Yup...that's it.