I never want to be called an optimist. Optimistic people have a tendency to be frustratingly stupid, thinking the best is coming, when all signs say otherwise. I get the idea of hoping for the best, but I’ll never understand planning on the best.
I like to consider myself a realist. I make an intentional effort to think with my head and not my heart. Why do you think we are holding off buying a house, even though the idea of home ownership has some emotional advantages?
According to Merriam-Webster, optimism is defined as an inclination to anticipate the best possible outcome. That’s CRAZY!
I don’t know what world you’re living in, but where I’m from the stock market crashes, home prices drop, people lose their jobs, and people die unexpectedly.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with hoping for the best, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for the worst. It’s a two-way street. I’m sure we all know people who live paycheck to paycheck by choice. They spend ever dollar they earn on two things; necessities (things like food, cleaning supplies, etc) and luxuries (facials, $100 bar tabs, lottery tickets, etc) . They use optimism as a justification for their behavior, believing that their next paycheck is guaranteed. They use optimism as an excuse to do stupid things, like not build up an emergency fund. Guess what buddy, if that paycheck doesn’t come, you are in deep, deep….trouble 😉
I’ve got news for you optimists: Rainy days lie ahead, bad things are going to happen to you, life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Unfortunately, shady, immoral, greedy, and stupid people/businesses exist. And as long as they are around, optimism needs to take a hike and let discernment take control of the wheel.
Have you had to deal with some stupidly optimistic people? Do you just bite your tongue and watch them make bad decisions or do you attempt to intervene and share some realistic input? It’s tough to tell someone they are being too positive, but sometimes it’s too important not to!