Optimism is like bending the truth so that you, someone, or a group of people can feel better about themselves or a situation. Reality is the truth. No matter what. Here is an example:
— [Optimism] I may not be great in math, but I am good in English.
— [Reality] I suck at Math.
Reality is telling what’s true, what’s real. Optimism is telling the truth, but throwing in a lie to make the (Cold hard…) truth look better. People who are optimistic are always looking on the bright side, even when there isn’t one.
Here is another example:
— [Optimism] We won the war! Hooray!
— [Reality] We may have won the war, but many lives were lost and there shouldn’t have been one in the first place.
In my opinion, optimism is O.K., as long as you can acknowledge the truth. To me, it’s frustrating when people can’t just be realistic. Optimism isn’t really my thing.
I’d rather look for the truth than the bright side. The bright side can be nice until you’ve been in the bright side for too long. Then when you wake up to reality, and everything sucks. In my opinion, you should take life head-on. Don’t use optimism.
Sometimes, optimism is a tool, an excuse. Sometimes, people use it to get away from or even out of things. Let’s say you got in trouble at school for pushing a friend. You guys were only joking, right? Well, you can’t do that.
You can’t tell a teacher, “Well, we were just playing!”, because it’s always against the rules to push someone. To put your hands on someone in a negative way.
Optimism tucks you in bed and gives you a hug, while reality punches you in the nose and tells you: “Life isn’t a fairytale, nor is it pretty.” To survive the real world, you have to understand that you can’t just hide. You can’t just always look on the bright side. If you ask me, it’s okay to use optimism, just don’t go over-board.
Sometimes, optimism is a sentence you tell yourself so that you can escape reality’s guilt of taking mom’s $5 dollars. You can take away this guilt without optimism. You can simply repay mom the 5 bucks and apologize. No need to use optimism. Just fix the issue. Maybe you’ll get a scolding or a grounding, but it’s good to take the stress and guilt away.
Reality is tough, and sometimes it can really hurt a person. Optimism is a way out of that pain. Whether it be financial issues, family death, etc.. Everyone, and I mean everyone, uses optimism. It’s okay. Everyone at some point in their life needs optimism, to tell themselves it’s okay. Optimism might help someone work through a tough part of life, as some of the examples I listed above. Maybe one of these things are happening. It’s good to tell yourself it’s O.K. O.K., that grandpa is gone forever, O.K. that you can’t pay the rent anymore, O.K. that sister is moving away.
The fine line between the two: Reality is the truth and optimism is the bright side. Most of the time, optimism won’t help solve an issue, but reality will.
— [Optimism] I’m deep in debt, but it’s okay.
–[Reality] I’m deep in debt. I need to work an hour or so longer.
Optimism is used all the time, by you, whether you know it or not. Think about it. Just today, maybe you did bad on some school papers. You got a C-. Maybe you thought to yourself: “Hey, it wasn’t a D!” Well, you’re smart. You can do better than a C-. You could have gotten an A. That, is the bright side. The optimist’s side.
Maybe it’s true that not so many people use reality, and this might be why I’m telling you about it. You see, I like reality more than optimism because reality gives you the real truth. Whether it is bad or not, I want the full truth. I don’t want the real truth with some sprinkles on top. I want reality.
–[Optimism] It’s not easy, but I can probably get it done without help.
–[Reality] It’s not easy. Maybe I should get some help and get this done quicker.
–[Optimism] I wish I wouldn’t have lied. I’m not sure if it was for the right cause… but it’s in the past now.
–[Reality] I wish I wouldn’t have lied. I don’t think I was in the right. Maybe I should tell the truth?
If I haven’t gotten the point through, I don’t know what will.