Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pessimism and Its Usefulness

I have this theory that I live by for my own life.  Its seemed to get me by just fine thus far.  When I've explained it to people, I always seem to get one of two responses/faces.  One that either says they're disgusted with my outlook on life and the other implies how they think its sad to be me.  I respectfully disagree.

I think that if you live in such a manner as to not expect anything, then you will never be upset when things don't go according to your plan.  If you always anticipate the worst, then you can't ever be blindsided by life's downturns.  You can however be delightfully surprised when things do go your way.  So everyday you may encounter one of two things: 1) You will get exactly what you anticipated or 2) You can be happily proven wrong.

Now, please explain to me how that can be misconstrued as a miserable existence.  Its not as if I'm Eeyore and go about my day moping to everyone how depressing life is for me.  I don't know.  I know people read this and look it over from time to time so please converse with me on this.  Based upon my outcome of points #1 and #2, is this really so awful a way to view everyday occurrences?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not at all...get out of my head, lol. Never heard anyone use the exact words that I've used to explain myself (not that anyone ever has to explain themself...maybe convey is a better word) But seriously, everyone says I'm miserable too and I don't think I come across that way...I don't deny that is very hard not to at times but that is normal I thought? The only thing that stinks about no expectations, I've realized, is that I don't remember the last time I actually had a dream; that some would say as do I from time to time is sad. Maybe the dream is to be happily proven wrong more often than pt #1, haha ;)