Optimist or Pessimist?


From a Plinky prompt: "Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or something else?"

STS-130 Night Space Shuttle Launch – Explored

"50 years from now, when you look back at your life, don't you want to say you had the guts to get in the car?" — Transformers

I count myself as falling somewhere in the middle between optimist and pessimest.

To me, the perfect example of my position is going to try to watch the space shuttle launch. I've made several trips down to Florida to watch a launch. Sometimes I get to see it launch. Sometimes there's a problem, the launch is scrubbed, and I come home without seeing it.

I'm enough of a pessimist that I go drive down to Florida expecting the launch to scrub. That way, if it scrubs, the trip isn't disappointing, and if it launches, it's an incredible added bonus. Always expect the worst, and life will never be worse than you expect, and will usually be better.

That said, I'm also enough of an optimist that even though I expect a scrub, I get in the car and drive down anyway.

And that's my attitude toward life in general — expect the worst, but get in the car anyway.

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2 Responses

  1. “50 years from now, when you look back at your life, do you want to be the guy who quoted ‘Transformers’?” — Lain Hughes

  2. “50 years from now, when Transformers look back at your life, do you want to be the car that quoted a guy?” — Optimus Prime

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