Are you an Optimist, Pessimist or a Realist?


I am an optimist.

I see the glass as half full,

the fire damage as a chance to start again

and the flood waters as a time to practice kayaking.

I see the donut hole and the donut

(and I eat them both)

and I see the sun peeking out from behind the clouds

even when a cumulonimbus is raining on the parade.


I am a pessimist.

I see the glass as half empty,

the fire damage as the hell which consumed my life

and the flood waters as a time to pack up and move while my stuff is still dry.

I see the hole in the donut

and I see the cracking lightning that might catch my house on fire

and kill me while the cumulonimbus is raining on my parade.


I am a realist.

I see the glass with water in it, and as long as it's water who cares if it's half full or empty,

the fire damage as inevitable (it happens to everybody at least once)

and the flood waters as part of the cycle of life.

I see the donut and wonder if someone sneezed on it

and I see the rain coming down and worry

about everything that could realistically go wrong.


Which are you? 

I for one am the optimist, but what are you guys?

I'd love to find out!!

  • Author: Elegant_Style (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 14th, 2016 21:57
  • Category: Unclassified
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  • SabreLi

    I am definitely a realist given what you describe, I love the idea behind this one, such a great piece! I like how you use the same analogy but interpret it differently depending on the nature of the individual in each stanza. xx

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