Usually, our standards get higher - it's harder to impress us, harder to make the cut to be allowed into our inner circle, and predictably (I hope), harder to date us.
Sometimes, our standards don't get higher. We don't get caught up in what we're supposed to do, but rather, we keep doing things we want to do with whom we want to do them.
But as we age, we also bring perspective with us that we've gained thorugh expereince and watching our friends learn - or not learn - life lessons.
I've always had high expectations of myself and therefore everyone and everything around me. I feel ok about that becuase I don't ask of you anything I wouldn't ask of myself. But are expectations and standards the same or different?
I kinda' can't decide where I am now on several important things. Have my standards risen? Yes - in many ways. But I also don't want that to keep me from some pretty terrific things in life becuase I allowed my 'high' standards to change who I really am.
I'll be thinking on this some more.