on optimism

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Can one be too optimistic? I sure hope not.

It’s funny how optimism works. That innate feeling of hope lingers while we question the uncertainty. It’s the whole “prepare for the worst, hope for the best” mentality—the kind of mindset where optimism thrives. It’s infectious.

Call me an idealist. It’s true. I mean, I jetted off to Paris on my own (and look, I survived!). I wear my rose-colored glasses to see the bright side of things. But it was hard to fight the doubts of others—so hard, in fact, that the doubts became my own. I used to easily fall under the influence of others and forget that no one else really knows what I want, what I know and what I have planned. Living in seclusion, I realized I’ve shed a lot of negativity. You can’t really be pessimistic when you’re by yourself. It’s just a waste of time and energy. However, there is a fine line between being pessimistic and realistic. To think that everything will always turn out right would be wrong. We don’t live in a perfect little world, but why can’t we do our best to make it that way?

I hate when people tell me, “I’m so jealous of you and wish I could travel, too.” Optimism wasn’t the only thing that got me here, but it was the start. It fueled the fire. If you dream up and plan out your ideal situations, you’d be surprised at how much can happen if you really work for it (see? rose-colored glasses).

I fully acknowledge that there are times when circumstances are out of your control. Things change. Life happens. But this is where the optimism kicks in. You can’t change what happens to you, but you can change how you react to it.

I’ve always chosen to believe in the good, prepare for the better and wish for the best. I can only hope that you do the same.

Too optimistic? There’s no such thing.

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