Optimist or Realist?

Optimist or Realist?

Today is my ridiculously long day, but it feels great to be getting back into the swing of things. Who knew how little time off it takes to get completely a little rusty when it comes to studying?

Usually on Fridays I do a “things I love” post, but I have procrastinated on putting this post together, so I’m going to have to skip it this week. Bad blogger.

But maybe I’ll do one tomorrow since I’ll have more time?

Anyway. I thought I would just ramble about something that has been on my mind today.


I have always considered myself a realist. I wouldn’t describe myself as overly pessimistic, but I tend to have a “hope for the best, plan for the worst” mentality. And I come by that mentality honestly. I am not one of those people that have things come easily for them. A lot of times it feels like I have the worst luck- if something can go wrong, it will.

I am Murphy, you know Marthy’s law…

It can be really frustrating. But I have always just taken the hits and rolled with the punches (too many boxing metaphors for one sentence?).

That’s not to say that I don’t whine and sulk and cry. Because I definitely do all those things.

But I am starting to realize that while I may consider myself a realist, I might actually be an optimist.

While I accept that bad things happen and that things hardly ever go according to plan, I don’t dwell on that.

I look forward. I concentrate on what I can control. And what I can control is making sure that I am the happiest I can be given my circumstance.

Would I like to be debt-free? Hell yes. But I’m not going to sit around depressed because I have a bunch of  loans. I am going to live super cheap and pay them off as quick as I can, but I’m still going to have fun.

Is the economy/government/world going to hell in a handbasket? Possibly. But I can’t let it get to me. Because I can’t control that. So I will just do my best to have a great career, save what money I can, and try to get by like everyone else.

Is PA school going to kick my ass? Absolutely. But I’m going to study and study and study and study, because ultimately, that’s just what I have to do.

My dad would say that he is 100% a realist. But I would consider him a pessimist. He likes to remind me of all the horrible things going on in our family/his work/the economy/the world, etc. I don’t really know why. I am completely aware of all of these horrible things.

But I just choose not to focus on them. I can’t. I would be walking around with uncontrolled anxiety all day long. I think my dad thinks I’m just sticking my head in the sand and ignoring what could happen. But I choose to not worry about those things, because I can’t control them.

Whatever is going to happen, will happen. All I can control is how I react to it.

What about you? Are you a realist? Optimist? Pessimist?


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