We can drive ourselves bonkers thinking and re-thinking about others. We create these vibrant and emotionally-charged stories about how this or that person must respond to best meet our needs.
Now, should this individual not follow our mental imagery (expectations), we may revise the imaginary script with a few choice words for them. (What movie is without a little drama?!)
Invest that energy into a one-man or one-woman show, and let's cast ourselves into that one starring role. Simply, let's focus on our own expectations.
You are in charge of you. Happiness is up to you.
No one is powerful enough to disturb our peace, unless we let them. (Note: do not let them.)
Life is too short to hit 'replay' on scenes that do not serve our forward motion. Release expectations of others. It will save time and a ton of energy.
Choose to be the star, not the fan.