Finally, summertime hit and as a teacher I found myself with little to do during the day. So I made up my mind to try out a different social outing, through meetup.com this time. I went with the expectation of just having fun and meeting new people and ended up having a blast. Perhaps this was partially due to the fact that I was participating in an activity I happen to love (walking) and that the others who showed up were warm and welcoming. More than anything I credit my change of attitude.
Expectations are a good thing in many situations. At work, people often become successful when they set high expectations for ourselves and others. In a family situation, parents set high expectations for their kids. Having expectations is a factor in romantic relationships and even in friendships. However, when expectations become the "end all", they can truly kill a good time. Whether you are just looking for friends or hoping to find that elusive life partner, relax and have fun along the way!