When What You Expect Is Not What Is

August 12, 2014 3:24 PM

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When What You Expect Is Not What Is

I am that person who adds every social gathering to my calendar, creates itineraries for upcoming travels, ticks to-do items off of checklists and even examines restaurant menus before heading to each restaurant. I love seeing my plans come to fruition and my expectations of those plans met. It feels gratifying, worthwhile and is -- I realize -- not always what happens.

A few weeks ago, I went on vacation to visit a friend in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Before my arrival, we mapped out an itinerary that included several treks to the beach and a much-anticipated all-day boating excursion. This being the Caribbean, the majority of our plans took place outside and, there...

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