Our parents had expectations of what sort of children we should have been as children and now they have expectations of what sort of children we should be as adults. Our children have expectations of what sort of parents we should be. Our spouses/partners have expectations of what sort of spouses/partners we should be. Our friends, neighbors, and even acquaintances have expectations of us. Professionally, our employers, employees, co-workers, customers, and suppliers all have expectations of us.
Although we need to consider these expectations, what matters most is what we expect of ourselves. What matters most is that we are the person we want to be, or at least we are working toward becoming the person we want to be. Don’t “jump though hoops” for others to meet their expectations if their expectations are not also your expectations for yourself.