As we grow older, we tend to experience disappointments at times. It’s just an unfortunate part of growing up that is destined to happen a few times as we stumble through our lives. It may seem cynical to say, but there tends to be a period in everyone’s life where every corner turned brings you face to face with a new disappointment.
The critical thing to take away from these minor hiccups in life is that each time you deal with disappointment, you grow and become a much wiser person because of it.
The following is a list of the most common disappointments that people experience.
The way we perceive love before we’ve actually fallen in love with anyone seems to be filled with hearts and flowers, but in reality, it can be the exact opposite. Having love and maintaining that love can be very difficult at times. In the beginning, it can be just like the movies and storybooks, but lasting love is extraordinary and does not come to a couple effortlessly.
When you were a kid, maybe you fantasied about heading off to work every day just like your parents would. Just the idea of not having to go to school every day seemed like a prize all on its own. However, we quickly learn that there is a reason why it’s called work.
3. Owning Your Own House
It’s something we all strive for at some point in our lives. It seems to be a staple in the life accomplishment department. Owning your own house may come off as the ultimate luxury for some people, but the reality of it brings on a whole new set of responsibilities.
Learning that a tiny percent of the population follows their dreams and becomes what they want to be can be disheartening. It’s also a big disappointment to learn that not everybody has a dream.
Going off to college and beginning your adult life is dramatically different than what is depicted in movies and tv shows.
There are mothers out there who will say that every minute of their pregnancy was pure bliss, but for the most part, it’s not. Growing another human is hard work. You get sick all the time because your organs are moving around trying to make room for another body to grow. There are constant sharp pains and sleepless nights, but it’s all worth it in the end.
7. The Best Intentions
One of the biggest disappointments you’ll learn to deal with in life is figuring out that not everyone you encounter has your best interest in mind.
8. Metabolism Failure
Most likely when you were a kid, you could eat whatever you wanted and still maintain a high level of energy without gaining much weight. As we grow older, our metabolism slows down and eating fast food and candy at all hours of the day seems like a terrible idea suddenly.
Being an adult does have its perks, but with those also comes the bill paying and stress of life that can be a real drag sometimes.
10. The First Breakup
The first relationship breakup is always a major disappointment, but it is important to keep telling yourself that someone else will come along, and in the meantime, you should learn to love yourself on your own.
Not everyone is a fabulous chef, and that’s okay. That’s why we have take-out food.
12. Day to Day
Our regular, everyday lives can seem mundane at times when we fall into routines. Not every day will be met with something spectacular which makes the particularly special ones all the more memorable.
13. Goals Not Met
It’s great to set goals for your life, but you also need to accept the fact that not every goal you set for yourself will be accomplished.
14. Memories Lost
As our mind ages, it starts to forget specific dates or memories that might have been cherished in the past. It’s just another fact of life that creates disappointments at times.
The effect that money has on people can be a real disappointment. For some it can change them for the better, for others, it’s just the worst.
When you were younger, you probably thought you’d have all the time in the world to do the things you wanted to do by the time you became an adult. There never seems to be enough time in the day though.
17. Moving Out
Finally getting your own place after living with your parents all your life is super exciting until rent is due.
18. Old Dogs, New Tricks
The older we get, the harder it seems to master new tasks.
19. Friendships End
After high school, you really start to see who your real friends are.
20. Didn’t Get the Job
We’ve all had that great interview for a position that we wanted, only to find out days later that we didn’t get the job.
21. Adults Cheat Too
Cheating didn’t seem like such a big deal in school, but when it happens in love, it can be soul crushing.
When we learn how to deal with disappointments in life, we grow as an individual. There is nothing that the average person cannot overcome. And you are strong. You will shine through. There will be a tomorrow, so don’t let life’s little disappointments control your life.