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Expectations vs. Reality


This series is about the perceived expectations that my family and friends had for me as a child and how they contrast with the reality of what I have become. I recall my mother casually telling me that she thought I was going to be an astronaut when I grew up. It is unlikely that she knew that only a small percentage of the 7 billion people on earth have been to outer space, so she can't be held responsible for the ridiculous standard she was holding me to. Likewise, my grandmother used to send me VHS tapes full of JEOPARDY!© episodes so I could study them and someday end up a big winner on the smarty pants game show. I have never met anyone who said, “Geez Jim, it would be awesome if you got a normal job doing normal things. Also, it would really be cool if you took lots of pictures of yourself and posted them on the internet.” That is, however, an accurate representation of what I do. My employment situation is neither glamorous nor lucrative, but it pays (some of) the bills, which is enough for now.

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