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I like watching American/English drama. But sometimes there are the dialogues I cannot understand easily.

IN the dialogue below, I want to know the last two sentences(bold). Please help me.

A: It's all right. How long you been stationed here? Working for North Korea?

B: Nine years.

A: It's a long time. Your kid, was that part of the plan?

B: I get it. The real world changes things. Maybe the life they'd planned for you isn't the life you ended up with.

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  • What show was it?
    – NVZ
    Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 3:56
  • I think it simply means, things don't always go according to plan
    – NVZ
    Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 3:58
  • You need to explain what it is you don't understand. None of the words above is difficult, nor is the sentence construction particularly obscure.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 17, 2016 at 20:26

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The real world changes things. Maybe the life they'd planned for you isn't the life you ended up with.

It might be rephrased: "Experiencing some of the cold hard facts of life made me change my plans, and settle for less."

It's frustrated ambition. An emphatic real world signifies the conflicted modern secular-minded person's bitterness about the myths they suppose they've abandoned, yet which haunt them still. The second sentence's leading maybe is rhetorical, and emphasizes the speaker's uncertain regret.

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"they" could be referring to his parents, who'd had different plans for their son, probably having him work closer to home. He may not have planned to become a father, but when the baby was on the way, he realized he had no other choice.

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