Humor Political Humor 20 Memes That Perfectly Sum Up Expectations vs. Reality Share PINTEREST Email Print Political Humor Political Memes Political Cartoons Political Jokes Political Quotes By Beverly Jenkins Beverly Jenkins Beverly Jenkins is a humor and pop culture writer. She has published three web humor books and six calendars, including You Had One Job! and Photobombed. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 07/16/18 The older we get, the more we come to realize that reality doesn't always work out the way we think (or hope) it will. We might make lofty goals, especially around New Year's Eve when everyone collectively decides to make healthier choices in the coming year, or we might just have a vision of that perfect project in our minds that can never live up to our own self-made hype. That's just life! It has a tendency to shove your face in the sad truth of how things really are when we least expect it. The "Expectations vs. Reality" meme perfect sums up how it feels when we think things are going to go a certain way, only to find out that no, everything is still hilariously awful. Read on for a healthy dose of reality that is guaranteed to make you laugh instead of cry. 01 of 20 New Year's Resolution Know Your Meme This "Expectations vs. Reality" meme perfect sums up how it feels when we think things are going to go a certain way, only to find out that no, everything is still hilariously awful. 02 of 20 Snowmen Pinterest Oops, you tried to go for a Frosty the Snowman vibe but ended up with snow carnage. Not all snow sculptures can be as cool as these. 03 of 20 Mermaid Hair List25 "And that's how I gave myself whiplash while trying to look sexy at the lake." 04 of 20 Fast Food jrbuchan2 / Reddit Are you really surprised that Burger King is behind this cooking fail? They're called BURGER King, not Hot Dog King. Let's lower those expectations. Lower. Lower. Even lower. There you go. 05 of 20 Baking Gadoo.com "Okay, Kathy, this is an intervention. Put down the iPad and step away from the Pinterest page." 06 of 20 Travel Imgur It's about time someone exposed the truth behind those "following my girlfriend around the world" pictures. 07 of 20 Sharing a Bath Likes.com Still a better option than showering together; one of you is always cold. 08 of 20 Pixie Cut Thumbpress.com TRUTH. Those of us who are, shall we say, not exactly waifish, already know that cutting all our hair off and letting our bone structure do the talking is a horrible idea. Just awful. 09 of 20 Internet Shopping: Dress Jesse Lynch "Order a wedding dress online from China," they said. "It will be great!" They said. 10 of 20 Internet Shopping: Rug Reddit He ordered an area rug and got a bath mat. Whoops! I think we've all had an internet shopping fail or two, but one thing is clear: It's nearly impossible for a rug this tiny to tie the room together. 11 of 20 Exiting a Pool CollegeHumor Models (and Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High ) make looking sexy while climbing out of a swimming pool look so easy. This is much more realistic for the rest of us non-model types. 12 of 20 Swimming WelcomeToTheDoghouse.net This dog needs to get his Phelps Face on if he ever wants to be a serious competitor. 13 of 20 Doggo Cuddles Reddit Between the dog shoving you out of bed and the cat sticking his butt in your face everytime you lie down, sleeping with your pets is anything but glamorous. We wouldn't have it any other way, though. 14 of 20 Muscle Shirt iwastesomuchtime.com I suddenly feel the need for more cowbell! Also, let's be honest for just a minute and say, tight clothing is the worst. 15 of 20 Flirting Heavy Kind of like how people on Tinder look so dateable, then you meet them in real life and find out they look like a big hairy toe. 16 of 20 Lip Bite Dumpaday Ohh yeah! We've all tried this little move. It works about 0/10 times. Also, who says Andy Samberg isn't sexy? At least he's funny. 17 of 20 Driving Imgur In the movie Drive, Ryan Gosling is the epitome of cool. Mr. Bean... not so much. 18 of 20 Social Media Lulzshirts *Tapping microphone* "Is this thing on?!" 19 of 20 New Year's Eve Vitamin-Ha Just as long as you don't become one of the obnoxious drunks you'll meet at your average New Year's Eve party, it's all good. 20 of 20 Great Wall TopTenTuesday / YouTube There's nothing great about this Great Wall experience.