I was on a trip to Stockholm and Riga last week and I had a rainy day in Riga on which I had no idea what to do. I was not interested in any museums and I didn’t want to walk around a lot. I decided to take a train to wherever so that I see the Latvian railways and the people living far from the city. I went to the train station and took the first train going to a place called Cēsis. I had no idea where it was and how far it was or if the place had anything worthwhile to see.
I was enjoying the sight of the Latvian countryside and even spotted a couple of deers in the woods on the way (my first wild animal spotting in Europe!). I reached Cēsis and the I was a bit disappointed at first. It looked like a small town and the people were cold (but on hindsight, they probably aren’t used to tourists who look like me). I decided to walk around anyway and I ended up near an old castle ruins. It looked beautiful from outside, so I decided to check it out. That turned out to be the best thing I did in all my vacation.
It was a wonderful castle ruins with a long history dating back to 1209. They gave me a candle lantern to light up the dark spiral staircase to the watch tower (I was surprised at first, but I found it beautiful later). The place was wonderful and the candle lantern made the experience so much better and that day turned out to be the most rememberable thing of my whole trip despite being just an accident.
I was thinking on the way back to Riga, Why do some experiences/things/people fail to impress or doesn’t give as much pleasure as we expected? The answer is in the question, it’s our expectations. We tend to keep high expectations from people around us and on things we do. So even if an experience was good, we don’t feel it because our expectation was higher than that. Let’s keep our expectations lower; everything would feel better :)
I’m sure that this isn’t something that you and I didn’t know before, but we all need reminders sometimes ;)