I’m kind of a pessimist. I don’t mean to be; I’ve seen how bad things can go so many times I automatically go into glass half empty mode. This is why I was surprised at myself today. Today, I inadvertently was an optimist.
I think I started to realize that something was different shortly before I headed to work. I had a rough night and didn’t sleep well, so I was really tired this morning, and normally I would’ve been dreading going to work. However, I found myself not dreading work. In fact, I was excited to get there. I was really hoping that after a very slow start to the semester there would be lots more work for me to do. Not only was there loads more work to do, I didn’t have enough time to get it all taken care of.
Then, tonight I was fighting the fact that I needed to work out. I skipped last night (I’m thinking this might be why I didn’t sleep well), and all of a sudden, my brain shouted at me, “There are tons of people on this planet that wish their legs worked. Now, get your butt up and walk!” and I did!
My most surprisingly optimistic moment of the day came when I finally had a conversation with someone that I’d been dreading. (I was dreading the conversation, not the person.) I’d been avoiding this conversation for the better part of a week. Not only, did it go amazingly well, but good things came from it that I didn’t even expect.
I’m not sure that I’m going to become an optimist over night, but this is a small step in that direction.