The topic of this post came to me recently in class when we were asked several questions about how we prepare for exams, speeches, sporting events, recitals, or important events in our lives. As a class, we were then asked several questions in regard to our preparation and planning for things, and whether we tend to be nervous for important events. Although I have never been a big planner and tend to “wing” most things, I have also always thought of myself as a pessimist, unfortunately seeing the worst in myself, people, and most everything.
As it turns out, me never planning for anything and labeling myself as a pessimist actually don’t match up. While I’ve always thought of myself as a pessimist, I found that I actually prepare myself for important events as an optimist would. I study and stress less for exams and concerts (when maybe I should study more than I do on occasion) and I usually tell myself that everything will be fine and end up winging it. I’ve always thought that I just hate planning, but apparently not preparing and flying by the seat of your pants is a common trait of the optimist.
See, a true pessimist not only sees the bad in people, situations, and basically everything, but they also tend to dread big events, over prepare and stress, and work themselves into a tither when it comes to nerves. They also, according to the survey we took, never truly feel prepared for anything no matter how much time and planning they have put into it. While there have definitely been things that I do plan for, and while I do get nerves for certain times in my life, for the most part I do tend to remain fairly stress-free and I avoid the nervous wreck state.
So yeah, I guess I’m not sure if I’m a pessimist or not. And maybe that’s a good thing.