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Friday, July 15, 2011

Why do people want to talk about this glass of water so much?

Half empty or half full? Why can't I just say the water takes up half the glass? Or technically it's totally full, the top half is just filled with air.  Or maybe the glass is just twice as big as it needs to be.

Sometimes I am accused of being a pessimist.  I will fully admit that there have been many, many times in my life when I was pessimistic about everything. But those times were a long time ago, and I am a much happier, more confident person than I was then. There were also times a long, long time ago that I was an eternal optimist, being confident and sure that everything in life would work out the way I had always dreamed. But now, now I feel I am a realist.  When I have a crappy day, I will tell you I had a crappy day.  I don't spend time trying to find the one thing that made my day amazing... maybe that day didn't have one thing.  On the flip side, when I have an awesome day, I don't focus on the one bad thing that happened, I focus on the awesome stuff.

Being pessimistic does no one any good. Being optimistic can mean getting your hopes up for something that might not happen.  So I am realistic.  My job, finding a new house, finding someone to share my life with... will all of these things work out for me?  I sure hope so.  Do I want to go through life with rose colored glasses not preparing for what happens if they don't? No. Do I want to lock myself up in my townhouse, never even trying because I know nothing is going to work out anyway? No.  I will continue to live my life, hopeful that the best is yet to come, but enjoying every moment now.  I have long said I want to live a full enough life that if someone comes along and sweeps me off my feet, I have lived enough that I am ready to "settle down." And if I stay single forever, I love my life enough that it's not the end of the world.

So if all that equals me being a pessimist then maybe I am.  Or maybe you need to look up the definition of pessimist.

Now, someone hand me the damn glass.  I'm going to drink the rest of the water so I don't have to talk about it anymore.

1 comment:

PJ said...

hahahahahahahahahaha. I enjoy you soooo much.