Optimist? Pessimist? Realist?
WHO ARE YOU?
If I ask you this question, I am sure that the first few answers that come are your name, the attributes you are known for, the characteristics you associate yourselves with and so on. If I fine tune the question to the above one asking whether you are an optimist or a pessimist most people including me would say that they are optimists, very few would say they are pessimists. Some take the moral high ground and happily claim that they are realists cos they are above all these nitty gritties and they know how to lead their life. Let us try and see what each one tries to say
I AM AN OPTIMIST!
Well of course you are! You try to see what is good with everything, try to find the best out of every situation and see how best you can use it and stay on the top of the situation. You are someone who is very happy with that definition of life but at some times you might miss out on a few things which are real like the fears, probable challenges, traps, shortcomings and sometimes a little over confident as well. Nevertheless you are quite a charm cos you have enough energy to try and I really have a lot of respect for that
I AM A PESSIMIST!
Well it is an interesting choice. Something you would notice about a pessimist is that they are right most of the times, they rarely go wrong, they anticipate the problems and have clearly laid out reasons as to why something might not work. But something not that great about this is that they usually have such a big list of reasons that they don’t even start most times. They are happy in a theoretical world. And my question would be – I agree that they might be right, but what do they gain by it? There is no action to induce any results. Even by being perfect, the max they are ensuring is mediocrity. Atleast an optimist tries which ups his chances by an easy 100% : Here are a few ways to get you out of pessimism
I AM A REALIST!
Some people are very smart! They are a new breed of the new generation, they have answers for everything and sometimes a little cocky about it as well. They calmly say with a hint of contempt that they are REALISTS. I have often wondered who they are cos they say they are being real and they evaluate the situation very well. But I have a complaint with them as well. They never take any risks. They hide behind the cloak of realism and don’t even try out something new or risky cos they have calculations to prove that. I can promise you that these are the kind who will never jump off a cliff, nor the ones who would invent an airplane cos the reality says that odds are against your favour!
SO WHAT IS THE SOLUTION THEN?
Well who cares for these definitions? It is your life, you know what you want out of it. It has to be a mix of all. It is natural to be pessimistic and be aware of the risks, it is natural to be optimistic and not care about the risks and take a plunge and it is also natural to calculate what the outcome can be and be a realist as well.
Why bother about these definitions, it is your life, you got to be all, you got to have a mix of these and you got to know how to choose and shift the paddles the way you want. That is the beauty of life – BALANCE
Point is – You can be anything or anyone you want to be! And the real question is what serves you the best at that situation, you have to be all of them. There is no superpower optimist or a self claimed realist and the cocky opportunist, it is YOU who matters and you know what works best.
So… Just do it and stop worrying about definitions : Stop defining yourself, you will come to life
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