When Expectation Meets Reality
Marc Gordon - June 3, 2019

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

In a sometimes unfortunate, yet rather hilarious world, it’s important to keep in mind, that for the most part, reality does not really care about our expectations. Nop, not in the least bit.  What we can, however, take from this, is that as humans it’s natural to make mistakes. It’s the only way to truly learn.  Here are some epic attempts that truly deserve an A-plus for effort!


Problematic Pillow



The expectation from this photo is that one will be receiving an awesome and adorable dinosaur shaped pillow, right? The blue and green dinosaur is pretty straightforward, and it looks like the perfect gift to order for your little cousin.  He could look just like this cute kid enjoying his new pillow.  In reality though? He might look like this kid, but he will also be sleeping right on top of a picture of his head, and will not be receiving a dinosaur.






A cotton candy McFloat? Woah, that sounds crazy good and delicious. Also, based on the advertisement, it also looks super aesthetic and completely Instagram worthy (which is all we really care about anyway in today’s society, right?). Even if it doesn’t taste amazing, we still want in based on it’s exciting blue and pink colors. Unfortunately, however, as it turns out – it wasn’t so worth it in the end and didn’t exactly get us the social media attention we were banking on. The only accurate part was the floating.


Luscious Licking



While this top model might look super trendy and attractive while licking her also super trendy and attractive model boyfriend, it doesn’t exactly work out quite as well for the rest of us, somehow. This hilarious non-model tried to re-create the same scenario and show her boyfriend where it’s at, but as it seems, he’s less than impressed and amused.  Do take note, not to try this at home unless you are in fact a top model.



Perfect Packaging



Based on the packaging of this spaghetti with meat sauce, there’s really no reason to invest the time and energy in cooking or the money at a top-notch restaurant for that matter. After all, it seems as though you could get a gourmet meal for a fraction of the price without even lifting a finger.  It’s too tempting of an offer to pass up. Well, that is until you actually open it and consider digging in. Yikes. This looks more like a meal that someone decided to return after almost half digesting it.


Notorious News



While watching our favorite news anchor deliver the latest updates and breaking news, we often think that they are right in the midst of all the action and are living it all as it happens, wishing we too could be there to experience it first hand. News flash, our expectations do not always match our reality! As it turns out, this news anchor was far from being part of any action, let alone in any big city.  He wasn’t even outside. Thanks to a detailed painting and some well thought out lighting, he managed to convince us all otherwise.



Terrible Tweety



OMG this popsicle is so incredibly cute! We absolutely love Tweety Bird and would love to have a popsicle that looks just like her.  But once we purchased it and opened the package, we weren’t exactly graced with the adorable character we were hoping for. It seems as though Tweety woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, or perhaps she partied a little bit too hard last night, doing some things that her parents probably wouldn’t have approved of.


Black Widow



The beautiful and talented Hollywood actress Scarlett Johanson played the role of Black Widow in the Avenger’s film. She, of course, did an incredible job, and took on the role better than any of us could have ever dreamed of doing ourselves. Well, for most of us. This girl had some big dreams that were perhaps somewhat beyond her and thought that she could also play the part. Sorry girl, you’re great and all but just not quite Scarlett.



(Not) Cookie Cutter



So when things are perfect and go exactly according to plan, it’s often said that it was a cookie cutter kind of situation. In this case, though, although we’ve actually got a real cookie cutter in front of us, this situation is far from a cookie cutter one. This hopeful baker was banking on having an adorable horse shaped cookie, however, she ended up with a disfigured blob with too many legs. A perfect depiction of expectation vs. reality.


Returning ASAP



While shopping online, what we see worn on the model is not always an accurate reflection of what it will look like on us. We’ve all got different body types, shapes, and ways of holding ourselves. This girl (or man, we’re not too sure, to be honest) will surely be scrambling right now to find the return policy on the order and have this jumpsuit send back as soon as possible. Let’s hope for her sake they take it back because she could not be caught dead in this!



Secret Santa



While Secret Santa is a popular tradition in many cultures during Christmas time, generally it doesn’t quite look like this. Secret Santa, for the most part, involves a gift exchange between anonymous friends or co-workers. Each person is then given a surprise gift without knowing who it was from. In this case though? Santa himself is the surprise and isn’t exactly who we believed him to be. Once unwrapped, he’s actually a bunny.  While chocolate is still chocolate and we won’t refuse it, this is not exactly what we had in mind.


Big Bucks



Woa. Whoever this wallet belongs to is totally loaded and has got the big bucks. We should really become friends with them and try to get on their good side no matter what. After all, with all that money how could they not share with us? Oh wait, it seems as though they actually just perfectly folded one bill, and aren’t quite as rich as we thought them to be.  Sorry buddy, but we’re not sure we want to be your friend anymore.



Day One At The Gym



Many of us believe that after going to the gym just once, no matter for how long or what we actually did there, even if we just walked in to use the bathroom or watch some TV, that we will all of a sudden become muscular, dreamy, hunks just like this perfect Calvin Klein underwear model. Truth be told, however, our expectations and far, far, far away from the reality, and in most cases – we look like the guy on the left.


Expectations: Popped



While the box of these Pop Tarts make the product look like the best thing to hit the planet, filled with vanilla icing and delicious colorful rainbow sprinkles, the only thing truly popping here is our expectations – completely shattered and destroyed into a billion pieces.  What’s actually inside this dreamy looking packing is just a sad, dry Pop Tart with less than enough icing and sprinkles to satisfy anyone.



Watermelon Wa Wa



While we all surely want to have fancy photoshoots of our adorable newborn babies based on things we see on Pinterest, sometimes it just doesn’t work out the way we planned. Babies are not professional models and are simply not capable of sitting still for long periods of time or doing exactly as you tell them. They don’t yet have an Instagram account of their own and haven’t yet understood the importance of posing and getting the perfect picture.


Plane Plain



When we set off on an airplane, we expect to have a breathtaking view of the clouds as we peek out of the window, one that deserves to be in a National Geographic magazine. Right? That’s what everyone says – that you’ve got to have a window seat for the best view, and that the journey starts from the moment you take off. In reality though? There’s often fog, haze, dust and all kinds of things going on in the air that make it far from a dreamy picture.



Pinterest Potential



While the adorable things we see on Pinterest may seem really inspiring and simple to do ourselves, it’s generally not as easy as it seems. Somehow, those of Pinterest just have this special talent that none of us will ever understand or master. They have some special secret that they don’t actually share in the steps. Those perfect looking cookie dough oreo sandwich actually just turned out to be just a big blob when the rest of us attempted it.