Expectation (Word For The Week)
Expectation is defined as the act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen. It can also be described as the prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to occur; or the prospect of anything good to come.
An expectation is what you believe will be the outcome of an event or series of events. It is your goal, your postulation, your dream, your intention.
Your expectation is sometimes reliant on someone else playing their part, or sometimes, you even expect things from others. This is a situation where we cannot help ourselves.
Even when you know exactly what to do and how to do it, if it is not in your power or you do not have the time to do it, the best you can do is hope that those on whom the responsibility falls upon, do play their part. And in a timely and worthy manner too.
There is a saying I heard from someone I respect a lot, “blessed are those with no expectations, for they shall not be disappointed”.
At the time I heard this, I couldn’t make much sense of it, but after watching people I expect a lot more from under deliver, I realized that everything in the realm of man, not under your control, cannot be relied upon.
In saner climes, the government does come in to save the day whenever their citizens are let down. In Nigeria, the government is first in line to disappoint you, before you even know what the meaning of disappointment is.
What the sore taste of the recent postponed elections still in our mouths, we must now decide on what to do come February 26. If the government that had over three years to plan an election can wait until the morning of said election to disappoint everyone, do you think they care that a student spends six years trying to get a four-year degree without having a carryover?
Or a government that spent over six months without constituting a cabinet, what are you to expect from them?
May we not be used to nonsense. May we not trade our expectations for crumbs. May our expectation not be cut short.