Expectations can really get in the way of your dreams. You can’t let it get in the way of fulfilling it. A true example for that would be parents. Mothers and fathers would expect the most out of their children, especially for the older children. As a parent, you would want to show the world how special your child is. It can range from perfect grades, good morals, amazing talent to so much more. Also, as a child, you want to accomplish all the dreams and goals set by your parents. But too much expectation would tend to bring you down. For instance, if your parents expect you to have perfect grades, you will have the tendency to either do everything in your power to make your parents happy, and just fail because it isn’t what you want to do. Willy and Biff Loman, characters from the book Death of a Salesman, are a perfect example. Willy expected for Biff to be as successful as he was. Also, Willy wanted Biff to take his place in the business. But all Biffs’ ideals in life are different than that of Willy’s. Eventually, Biff started to grow abhorrence towards his father for giving him a bunch of expectations that he can never achieve. Expectations are a good thing. Because it gives you a goal to look forward to and it could be something anyone could achieve if given the right one, but sometimes, if you have too many expectations, it could just corrupt everything and fall apart.
Along with expectations, a person’s pride will definitely get in the way of your dreams, goals and ideals. There are people in this world that have the feeling of superiority, an attitude where they believe that they are better than others. Everyone in this world has a goal of being well-liked by other people. Showing other people that you value self-importance the most, would prevent people to like you. Willy Loman is just the right example for this. Willy is a very arrogant man, thinking that he will die the death of a salesman where hundreds of people would attend his funeral. But at the end of the day, only his family, his good friend Charley and his son were present at his funeral. Setting dreams and achieving them could take a lifetime, but going through all the necessary difficulty and struggles would pay off. Willy has been a salesman all his life, and he has yet to attain his entire dream. When Willy lost his job, Charley offered him to give him a job so he could pay off his debts. Being his usual conceited self, Willy declined help that Charley was so kind to offer. His pride and his jealously towards Charley blinded him, and thus, he took the easy way out of his problems – to commit suicide. Dreams, goals and ideals are attainable to anyone who is willing to surpass all the expectations and pride.