What defines an optimist? What is the perfect optimistic definition of the word optimist? Who actually is an optimist and what defines him as one?
Is an optimist someone who never feels bad or someone who has never seen a bad result in life?
Is optimist someone who has never tasted failure, as a result of which he is supremely confident about the happenings of life?
I believe the perfect optimistic definition is in the post – Optimist, Pessimist and A Realist – Who Are You?
We shall rediscover the definition of optimistic through this quote of Robert Ersolt
“An optimist, is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it is Cha Cha”
– Robert Ersolt
Well that’s one definition to go by. Vocabulary.com defines optimist as the person who sees the best of the outcomes even if the hopes are not likely.
But how does one manage? Doesn’t someone get tired with the repeated blows on their head? How do they manage to survive beyond that?
How do they manage to see the best in the situation even if things are at their worst.
Honestly I don’t believe in a perfect optimist. When things are going wrong, we tend to think the worst, we tend to think that something can and will go wrong unless we act – Some people define him as a pessimist and some others as a realist.
The quote from the movie Tin Tin says – Realist is just another word for a quitter!
Is it true? Do we sometimes shy away from a few challenges just cos we think that we might not be well equipped to face it?
What is our first reaction to adversity? What do we do when something goes wrong? What if it goes beyond our control and keeps going wrong even if we try to stop it?
What is the solution? A pessimist might think of the worst possible scenario, make the worst of the situation and give the worst outcome which in this case becomes a bit impractical.
Also we cannot be the perfect optimist who says everything is all right even when things are not and keeps pretending that things might get better! He isn’t of much help either.
And I do not know what to call of the realists, I simply like to believe that they do not exist.
I think the real definition of optimist is that someone who knows how screwed up things are, decides that there is a way out and starts working on it. It is about taking that one step forward when everything around you is pushing you down.
And if this is done through a bit of romanticism and a bit of extra belief in yourself, then it is a brilliant thing to happen.
But we need the pessimist in you too. After all, we are trying to solve a real life problem. They both do make some great definitions for the dictionary, but there is a certain magic when you combine the two together.
The optimist gives you hope and the pessimist gives you precision. If you are able to control the both and direct them in the desired direction, then it can be a whole new and beautiful world out there.
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