The Reality of Things

The World: Expectations VS. Reality

Have you ever been so excited for something and then it doesn’t turn out like you thought or planned? Well that’s the reality of things. When you plan something in your head, it doesn’t always turn out the way you hoped.

“What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is suppose to be.”

Over spring break, one of my mom’s best friends went to a different country for vacation with her daughter, who is the same age as me. Before the break, they were so excited to visit this place. The only thing they would talk about is what sites and excursions they were going to do in this country. However, from the minute they got off their long 14+ hour flight, things went downhill. They always saw pictures of this country and thought it looked stunning. However, photos never show the less glamorous side of things. Apparently, the hotels were surrounded by giant gates and when you went through those gates everything looked stunning, but outside those gates was a whole other story. One thing that shocked them the most was the air quality. They weren’t expecting that the air quality would be so terrible to the point that they couldn’t breathe. Also, they said that everywhere they went there were dead animals on the streets, along with a ton of trash. Both the mom and daughter love animals and rescue strays on a daily basis, so seeing this many animals wandering around the streets starving with no owners, really affected them.

A couple of days during their trip they went back to their hotel crying. They have been outside of the United States many times, but they had never been somewhere like this before. When the came back to California, they were so thankful for the things that we take for granted everyday, like clean air. During the whole week of their trip, the daughter wanted to take home every stray dog because she felt so bad for them since they were all starving. Their “vacation” ended up being a very depressing experience, and this was just the tip of the iceberg…

They took Delta airlines to the country they were visiting, but Delta had just experienced a storm that took out their main hub, leaving them with many flights that had to be cancelled, and one of those flights happened to be theirs. They ended up having to fly to a different country to be able to get home in time for the upcoming school week. They definitely didn’t end up having a great time like they expected, but that just shows that things don’t always work out like you want them to.

“The world is a book with a million pages and a picture is just one page in the story.”


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