NaBloPoMo Day 2: Do you see the glass as half full or half empty?
glass half full (Photo credit: artfulblogger)
This is one of the hardest questions for me. It's not that I don't know the answer, but it's that I don't know how to answer.
I mean there was this joke, that the optimist sees the glass half full, the pessimist half empty, the realist full with water and air and the opportunist drinks the water.
I think I'm somewhere between a realist and an opportunist. I always try to see all the facets of a problem to the best of my ability, so I generally try to assess the real state, and in fact, if you think about it, the half without water is not empty, at least it's not void, it's a whole different "full", but the glass is full nonetheless, right? I mean I'm no scientist, and I might stay corrected, but I might not change my mind. :-P
To be honest, if this counts, I always tend to consider the worst case scenario. I think it's a self-preservation process - same like the thought process that stops me from playing computer games because I know I'll get addicted, so I stay away and thus can potentially use my time productively. How much of that is used productively, I have no idea, there might be a black (or blue) hole with an "f" on it that is a harbinger of trouble for my schedules. And I do think there might be other people infected with the "f" virus, or, even worse, the "t" virus. (I mean the light blue "t", but the darker blue could also be a culprit.)
Anyway, to get back to my train of thought, I tend to go for the worse case scenario because it's the safest place. If you ponder about something and say to yourself "What's the worse that can happen?" - like when you go to the dentist and you ask what is the worse thing that could happen while you do [insert scary procedure]. It saves you a lot of stress and panic (in my case sleepless nights, crankiness, rage and having volcanic fights with inanimate objects - I mean when my phone freezes it's normal that I call it by its name, right? XD
Anyway, what I was saying, when you ask yourself what's the worse that can happen you actually expect the worse. I don't say I'm a negative soul and I always expect the worst from anything, I just don't want to be surprise. And, if you think about it, absolutes are rare, if existent, so the change that the worst will happen is quite small, and in the end I usually end up with a sigh of relief thinking I got off easy.
So, I can't really answer. I could babble for eons, writing pages after pages, fill glasses full of pop philosophy and twisty twists. The glass is full, half water, half air, and if I'm thirsty, I drink the water. It's as simple as that.