I'm a Realist

My husband tells me I’m a pessimist. He tends to over dramatize the entire situation by saying something along the lines of : (makes a poor attempt to use my voice) Oh great, I just cut my finger. I’m going to need a band-aid or it’ll get infected and I’ll have to go to the hospital where they’ll amputate my finger. And if it spreads, well forget it. They’ll have to take my entire hand.

*raises eyebrows* Ahem. I am not THAT bad. The man can be so infuriating sometimes. I have since tried to explain to him that I am not a pessimist, but a realist. What does this mean, you may ask? It means that I get it. That I understand the way things work. It’s called Murphy’s Law and it goes something like this:

Things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them a chance.

Some people would call that kind of thinking negative. I don’t. I call it being prepared. Let’s think about this for a second, shall we? Here are a few circumstances were Murphy’s Law never fails –

  • Whenever I get my hair done (straightened) it rains.
  • I’ve searched for hours on end for a unique, attractive dress/outfit, only to find another person wearing it at a very important occasion. Of course it looks better on them.
  • When running late, there is always an 1) accident on the roads, 2) construction, or 3) vehicle malfunction.
  • I’ve gotten sick for every major performance I’ve ever given. Imagine 8 years of theatre. I’ve had pneumonia, strep, bronchitis, the flu, been dehydrated, and had a stomach virus. All with lead roles.

See what I mean? You can’t say its all coincidence. It just can’t be. So, I live life without the rose colored glasses, although they do make the sky look rather pretty. I’m a realist, and I not only expect everything to go wrong, I want it to. Because I’m prepared to kick serious law booty. It’s why I am the QUEEN of backup plans.

The reason for this completely random post? My sister straightened my hair today. Sure enough, it rained this afternoon. 😉 Looks like hubby doesn’t know anything after all.

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3 responses to “I'm a Realist

  1. Oh yeah! I’m with you there about there being some things that happened no matter what. I’m not sure if that puts me in the category of a realist as I’m pretty sure that I fall in the caterogry of a fatalist. If it happens, then it happens. That’s my motto for most of the things that happened to me, well except for the really nutty things. I think that’s just God having a sense of a humor at my expense. lol

  2. Isabelle,

    I really am trying to figure out why you are so pessimistic. You have no reason to be. YOu are young and have your whole life ahead of you. You have a job you love which is great becasue you make your own hours, work from home and don’t have to deal with rush hour traffic. You are a super talented singer and qualified for the megastar your first time! I have been there for weeks trying to qualify and I am a classically trained soprano. But i guess that doesn’t translate to pop music. You seem to have everything! You shouldn’t waste your 20’s thinking of the worst that could happen. Enjoy them! You will miss them when they are gone. Just coming from someone who knows!

  3. Rose, that is some incredibly good advice. In fact, it might be the best advice I’ve gotten in a long time.

    Thanks for reading this, and thanks for being kind enough to give me such positive input. I think my negative tendencies are hereditary. My mom is the same way. But I know what you mean. 20s go by fast. I’m going to just try and enjoy them!

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