I think most of us would be happy with the choices we have made about our lives if the rest of the world stopped trying to tell us that there was no way we could not be happy with those choices. I am who I am and who I want to be whether the rest of the world accepts that or not. We all get to decide what makes us happy and no one else can or should make that choice for us. Great, thought-provoking caption!
I think it's a double-edged sword. Societal expectations can be a good thing, too. They can drive us to become something better. They are the enemy of laziness and apathy, pushing us out of our comfort zones, and into new, exciting territory (in regards to work performance and personal relationships). However, there's also an element of those expectations that keep people in neat little, easily-identifiable boxes. So like everything, it's not black and white; there are infinite shades of gray.
The problem is when societal expectations become more like societal demands. When men and women are required to look and act a certain way in order to be acceptable (and we know this does happen more often than not), it is no longer just an expectation. As far as becoming something better, would it have been better for you to follow societies expectations and not create this blog? I don't think so. It really is the people who do the unexpected who push society forward and on to better things. At least that is the way I see it.
Oh, I don't really disagree with you, but I do think that society's expectations (rules, laws, and social mores) drive us (in part) to adhere to a certain standard of acceptable behavior. If bucking societal expectations drives innovation, then adhering to them keeps society running smoothly. It's a two-sided coin, and I think the world needs both sets of people (those who abide by and those who reject society's demands).