Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

“Let it go. Let it leave. Let it happen. Nothing in this world was promised or belonged to you anyway. (All you own is yourself- Rupi Kaur)”

The end of the school year is approaching a lot faster than a lot of us would like. That sounds weird, doesn’t it? That we don’t want the school year to end. That we don’t want school to be over. It’s different this year than any other year and that’s totally because for the majority of my friends, this year is their last year. They won’t be coming back to school, they will be going off to Uni or work or whatever they are doing with their lives from this point on. Yes. They are growing up and making their lives their own. They are moving on.

Now that paragraph will have probably made the people in this position reading this; shudder. This is probably due to how the majority of my friends simply don’t want to leave and completely stop me speaking if I start discussing the future or the end of school. In my opinion they are pushing the inevitable away. School is ending whether we want it to or not. We are moving on.

I have had a few conversations with some of my friends about the future and it always ends up with us talking about how scared we are of the changes that are about to happen. I think I have made it very clear that change literally terrifies me to the point that I will spend hours stressing about inevitable changes in my life. However strangely enough I feel completely fine about the fact that the school year is ending and maybe that’s because I know I don’t have to leave, I have another year. Unlike some of my beloved friends that I will soon have to say goodbye to. (But that story is definitely one for a different and much more emotional blog post).

We make choices everyday that affect the way we feel and what happens to us. And in my opinion the way we feel about the future will literally help mould our future for us. If we are optimistic about the future and we are excited for the changes that are about to come then it’s more likely that what happens to us will be positive. However if we are pessimistic about the future that is going to happen if we like it or not then the changes that will happen will probably not be as good. Let’s be honest, if we walk in to something being pessimistic then the outcome is NEVER going to be as good as if we walk in being accepting and happy about what is about to become.

We need to accept that change is going to happen and the things we are so certain that will happen in the future are never going to work out quite how we think they will. And I think that’s beautiful. That we don’t know what’s going to happen to us. It’s exciting, knowing that we will never be able to predict life. We just get to enjoy it for what it is. Life.

If we go out in the world feeling pessimistic then we aren’t going to enjoy life as much as if we go out feeling happy and optimistic. If we go out thinking “well however this works out, it’s going to work out well in the end”. I just think that’s beneficial. To feel happy about the fact that things might not work out how we want them to or how we think they will, but eventually things will work out how they were always meant to work out. We just have to assume that eventually (finally) things will work out in our favour whether we thought things would end up like they do or not.

So here’s to the future. The big, scary, exciting and adventurous world is out there waiting for us. Waiting for us to make changes and to make mistakes. I truly wish everyone out there the best of luck as they start their new adventure in the world; whether they are just leaving school or haven’t been at it for years and years. Life is an adventure and we need to take the opportunities we have and grab them with two hands and our full attention.

It’s okay to be optimistic and it’s okay to be pessimistic. It’s fine if we see the worst in some situations and dread the thought of having to go through them. No one wants to experience something they don’t want to do. No one wants to experience heartbreak. No one wants to experience things that they will inevitably feel at some point in life. No one. But when it comes down to it; it’s life. It’s happy, it’s sad and it’s messy and if I am honest whether we are optimistic or pessimistic about the future it’s happening anyway. And it’s happening now.

Optimistic? Pessimistic? Life and change will happen either way. We might as well make the most of it.

Glass half empty? Glass half full? Either way we won’t be going thirsty.

Take care and try not to worry too much,

Izzie xxx

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