October 19, 2016

10 Surprising Reasons Why Pessimists Are The Best Kinds Of People To Be

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I love optimistic people. I really do. The ‘glass is half full’ kinda people. They are always positive, always cheerful, always hoping for the best. There’s nothing wrong with them. There is nothing wrong with expecting a bright rainbow.

I admire them, a lot. But I don’t want to be them. No, I don’t. I am happy being a pessimist. And I think most of it comes from the fact that we always take into account the worst case scenario. We are not cold, grumpy, or sadists, but we aren’t all bright and shiny either.

Pessimists know that the only thing you can rely on in this huge universe is you and your gut. They know that at any minute, any second, anything can go wrong. They know that your best friend could any day stop talking to you, your boyfriend could at any point cheat on you, your fridge could at any moment stop working and melt all your treasured groceries. So here are 10 surprising perks of being a pessimist.

1. They are so, so, so ready for the worst. Always.

2. Pessimists expect less. The glass is half empty for them because let’s face it, either someone is going to drink it up or throw it down. But at the end of the day, the glass is going to get emptied. So by default, their gut tells them that by the end of everything, no matter how much they loved or cared or worked for, there is always a 50-50 chance that they might end up empty.

3. Pessimists are never dependent. They don’t rely on anyone else, and they know how to take care of themselves.

4. Pessimists trust no one. And I think that’s really wise. You never know if the person sitting next to you, though smiling, could be your biggest downfall.

5. Pessimists are also the most understanding and forgiving people. They have the ability to see things from various viewpoints. They know that everyone is human and that humans are inclined to mistakes. They will never hold it against you.

6. Pessimists do not kiss ass. They will never suck up to their bosses, but instead will work extra hours. They believe in fair game.

7. They rise above. You might curse them to their face and expect them to pick up a fight. Not happening! They will always rise above and be the bigger person.

8. Pessimists know how to control their emotions. They are calm because they always weigh their consequences before acting.

9. Pessimists value relationships. It is not easy for a pessimist to build and appreciate relationships. So when they do, they put their heart and soul into it.

10. Pessimists know the worth of time. They know that every minute is incredibly important and that time waits for no one.

At the end of the day, I am not asking you to choose between optimism and pessimism, but to be in terms with reality. As beautiful and challenging as life can be, there are so many tears you will wipe along with the many smiles you will share. You’re going to face so many deaths while you’re still breathing and you’re going to see so many faces that make you among the luckiest ones.

There will always be sunrises and there will always be sunsets, day and night, truths and lies. The trick is: do not lose sight of the reality. TC mark

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