Surfer Dane Reynolds' released this edit titled SAMPLER, which is essentially a compilation of his "b" rated footage. In the description, his opinion of unsustainable progression and unrealistic expectations is the perfect explanation of what is inherently wrong with those two topics. I had to copy in some of the text to share below.
Man… expectations, what a stoke killer. Every time you do something, the expectation is that whatever you do next has to be better. Do you understand how unsustainable that is? The pressure caused by this principle has stressed me out, burned me out, i eventually cracked, hid out, dropped out, turned away... but then it get’s to a point where you’re just like ‘fuck it.’ that’s when i’ve done my best surfing. When there is a complete absence of consideration for what people expect.
So here’s SAMPLER, which is a collection of surfing i’ve done the past year that didn’t make it into ‘cluster.’ So yeah, it is ‘b sidey’, but that is not a disclaimer, i’m proud of it. Every moment can’t be your best, the waves aren’t always perfect, the more you expect the more your disappointed, do what you can with what you’ve got, surfing’s an art, there’s no winner and no loser, no right or wrong way to do it, there’s a big difference between saying ‘fuck it’ and genuinely feeling it, and as much as i wish it did, writing it on my boards doesn’t really make me feel it, and i have to say that for the most part, while filming the past year, i was aware that i was one of the oldest guys in the movie with a reputation to defend, and that is not the right frame of mind to surf your best. or feel your best, or be yourself… but seriously… fuck it, forget what your sponsors expect, what viewers expect, expect nothing, do your best, clear your mind, be present, turn off, tune out, drop in. - Dane Reynolds
It has to be said that Reynolds' "b-roll" is straight fire, but his words should resonate with everyone who has sought to push themselves. Next time you head out into the outdoors just say "fuck it" and have a good time!