Ready to climb the mast of tall ship James Craig

Expectations overboard

In last week’s post, I wrote I was about to jump on a ship with about 35 15-year-old boys. Well, I have been and conquered… with a reminder or two along the way!

Ready to climb the mast of tall ship James Craig
Ready to climb the mast of tall ship James Craig

In last week’s post, I wrote I was about to jump on a ship with about 35 15-year-old boys. Well, I have been and conquered… with a reminder or two along the way!

With gusty winds and metres-high waves hitting the harbour, it was clear from the get go we would remain tied to the dock on day one. This meant the original plan of activities had to be revisited and, more importantly, the boys’ expectations needed to be addressed.

Although there was initial disappointment, it was short lived and I was happily surprised to see them all getting over the hump, ready to tackle the new plan of the day. Good on them!

But how did I fare with the challenge?

Well, as the next 36 hours unfolded, a series of events made me realise I had to throw my own expectations overboard… and that is not easy.

On one hand, I realised I had made judgement calls on certain individuals which were incomplete.

On the other hand, I was faced by an unsuspected situation which left me a bit anxious.

Those two events reminded me that things don’t always go according to plan. And that’s when we need to re-focus, choose a new path and keep going. For me, tuning in helps me understand and regulate my feelings and move on. But of course, sometimes that’s easier said than done!

3 comments on “Expectations overboardAdd yours →

  1. Quel beau voyage…. je ne peux attendre pour la suite…

    bonne journée Kim !!! Je t’aime

    Tu écris très bien!!!!

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