The musings of a neutral entity: To be optimistic or realistic
It’s a question everyone encounters at least once in their lives-“Which is better: Being optimistic or realistic?”. As Robert Frost has so splendidly said, and I quote
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”
Life offers us innumerable opportunities to pick from. It gives us a series of choices, and the choices we pick ultimately define our future.
Now then, life is not a mere game where everything can be calculated with an exact degree of closeness to the probability of the actual event occurring. And when there is a chance that you want something happening, would you rather have it that you go at it with a realistic approach or rather with a happy-to-go optimistic approach?
While everybody prefers to think it is good to lead a happy and good life and maintain a positive attitude and let me tell you, there is no sin in thinking that way as who would not like imagining treading a path of rose? It is just that one also has to realize that the petals are ever so delicate and tear away with the slightest pressure applied on them and end up in a tangle of thorns. Likewise, it is not wrong to be optimistic. However, it is very, very (well, I cannot emphasize enough) important to know when to be realistic.
Let us consider some examples that most of us can relate to:
See, most people think that life is a huge thing; they have it all the time, and they can woo the person they like with time. Well, the elders were not foolish when they told, ‘Time and tide wait for none.’ People do not understand the frailty of life, and instead of accepting reality, they often try to chase around stuff that they can clearly see cannot happen and keep hoping for it.
Hope, while being our strongest ally, can also be our scariest foe. You see, it can cloud reality with opulent curtains of optimism.
So yeah, the bottom line is that while optimism is quite a good thing, it would be foolhardy to replace being realistic with a misplaced optimism. We could all be optimistic realists, what say?
In the end, it is your choice to make, and the consequences are yours to burden. Try to make the best of it and live on!