Rights vs. Expectations

I've come to realize over the past 6 years the power of identifying a right and how it differs from an expectation.

Examples of rights:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Access to internet and all of its data
  • Speech

Examples of expectations:

  • Well-paying job
  • A house
  • Having kids
  • Wealth

Why is it important to identify rights vs. expectations?

When we take inventory, identify, then name them, we are much more capable of dealing with the result of not receiving either the right or the expectation.

If we're not receiving something we have a right to, we should feel injustice and we should take action to fix that. If the right continues to not be given, we should continue the cycle of feeling injustice and acting.

Our relationship with expectations should look much different.

If we're not receiving something we expect to receive, we often become crippled by the inability to obtain said expectation. The power lies in identifying the expectation, being an active participant in achieving the expectation or not, then letting go of the results.