I’m an optimist, and an idealist. I have big dreams, and I tend to see the best in people and find good in all circumstances, but sometimes it’s hard to keep it up in the face of reality. I’ve laid in bed awake for a while these past few nights just thinking about my world versus the “real” world, feeling like the former is giving way to one that isn’t so bright and hopeful. It’s kind of sad, but maybe it’s just a part of growing up. Sometimes I feel like it would be best just to let the happy, shiny world go and accept the flawed and broken one that surrounds me, like acknowledging it would help me to move on and face bigger issues. Like in all subjects of study, there comes a point where you need to let go of the naive, simplistic rules you learned about in the beginning in order to delve deeper.
What do you think? Is it really possible to maintain a sense of optimism, even when you’ve seen and experienced the real world? Let me know what you think.