Do you ever approach a new situation with the assumption it is going to be terrible?
Perhaps it’s the biting cold of your first winter run. Or the inaugural road trip with a young child. Or a medical procedure that carries the expectation of pain.
The potential list is endless; we greet new experiences with a suitcase full of expectation expressed as worries or complaints.
About something we’ve never done.
We anticipate the discomfort. The annoyances. The pain.
And by doing so, we prime the pump for reality to bear out our assumptions.
Helping to ensure that the anticipated awfulness comes to be.
There is a different way.
Put down that suitcase of expectations and put on that cap of curiosity.
After all, this is something you haven’t experienced before, right? Or, even if you’ve done it prior, there are some variables that have been manipulated so that it is no longer the same event.
So rather than lead with a conclusion of full-on suckitude, approach with a sense of curiosity.
I wonder how the cold air is going to feel on my lungs.
It will be interesting to see how the baby responds to travel.
I’m intrigued to see what it feels like to have my body repaired.
And yes, you may find that it is terrible.
But you also leave the door open for the discovery that it’s not.