Optimism Vs Realism

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“Is the glass half full or half empty?” This is a famous idiom, used rhetorically to determine whether someone is an optimist or a pessimist. In my point of view, even though seeing the glass half-full or having great expectations in life is a good thing, there is one fact we cannot deny: the fact that the glass is also half empty. To be able to deal with life with as few disappointments as possible, it is best to be a realistic person with a healthy proportion of both positive and negative expectations, as they are equally integral to the outcome of a situation. There is nothing wrong with having a positive outlook on a plan or a goal, and believing we can achieve it. However, there is a danger in thinking that we can always overcome problems that come up. The ironic fact is that life is not a smooth road. Hence, we need to be realistic about it. Setting a goal that is obviously impossible to achieve will end up frustrating us to the point where we give up on our goals or worse, we can’t move on with our lives. We need an option, and being optimistic may give us false promises or facades to see one thing and create inability to be resilient with the other available options. Being realistic is also applicable in our relationships. When relating to people, we can always see good things within our friends, yet similar to all things, humans are not perfect. The realistic outlook can help us understand human imperfection and not overestimate the relationship so that it can’t let us as down as not being able to move on at all. There are cases where our loved ones pass away or they are far away from us. Negative thoughts are bound to enter our mind. Saying that we should always be positive is like giving sweet candy to ourselves. The sweet taste can easily deceive and give us false consolations and when it’s gone, we become evasive and unable to acknowledge the

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