#871856 added January 27, 2016 at 8:34am Restrictions: None
1/27 A realist
Without a doubt I consider myself a realist, although I do secretly wish I were more of an optimist and often times demonstrate the words and actions of a pessimist. I like the mantra "prepare for the worst, but hope for the best". To me that is being realistic. A complete optimist is fooling himself and setting up for disappointment where a complete pessimist is miserable and difficult to be around. I do believe people have varying degrees of each philosophy but usually gravitate toward one.
It's odd how different people have different views of your attitude. For example, my aerial yoga instructor was over last night for a private lesson. She stated that she loved my enthusiasm and optimism and energy...that she thought I was so happy with a love of life. Conversely, I had a close friend tell me recently that he thought I was miserable - that I appear so unhappy about my life. It was a shock - I guess I spent too much time worried and complaining to him. It was a wake up call and I am working on watching what i say and why. It matters.