I think we mostly kinda assume we are going to do as well as, or better than, our parents. Often because our parents may have done a little better than their parents. And we tend to remember how we lived when we were in high school, when things were rolling along, rather than remember how things were when we were very young and our parents were maybe just starting out and struggling more. Like a lot of kids-of-some-privilege, we don’t have a sense of the work or struggle our parents went through to get to a comfort level. We just think that comfort is the norm.
Well, it’s not.
Just like a ball player who starts out “good enough”, then has a stellar year or two, and descends back to “good enough”, we always think that the stellar is the norm, and the good enough is somehow the anomaly. We attribute the early “good enough” to being a beginner, and the later “good enough” to the normal decline due to age. We over emphasize the success, and de-emphasize the lack of success. However, the real story is that “good enough” is the norm, and stellar is the anomaly.
It’s the same with life. Comfort is not the norm, it is the anomaly.