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On Managing Irrational Disappointments

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Does anyone have advice on how to deal with disappointment, when you shouldn't have had expectations to begin with?

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I'm at dragon con this weekend (if you're here too, we should hang out!) and I'm having a good time. But this morning, I had my photo taken with a bunch of people that I've always wanted to meet, and I've been looking forward to it for months.

But now it's over, and...nothing. It was hours of waiting for 3 seconds of interaction, and then a photographer shouting to move. Everyone was nice, but now I just feel sort of...empty I guess. Like this thing I've been looking forward to is over, and didn't quite meet my expectations.

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But what the hell were my expectations? It's not like I believed that anything would happen beyond a cursory hug for a photo and then on to the next person. So how the hell do I manage to be disappointed when there's nothing to be disappointed about? Does anyone else know how to deal with this?

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