Release the expectations that limit you, by Lulu Wang
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Lulu Wang, writer-director of The Farewell, and Expats, grows up in a family where the expectations for her future are clear: she’s destined to become a piano prodigy, and she must be grateful for the sacrifices her parents have made to give her that opportunity. In today’s episode, Lulu tells the story of how she finally finds her own space away from those expectations, and in doing so, unlocks the joy of making her own discoveries. Listen to Franklin Leonard's Meditative Story, "Writing the main character": Lulu’s new show, EXPATS, can be found here:  Find Lulu on Instagram: Find Lulu on X: If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your reflections by rating and reviewing Meditative Story in your podcast player. It helps other listeners find their way to the show, and we’d be so grateful. Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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