When Optimism Is No Longer An Asset

The outcome of blind hope can be fatal.

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The most profound example of this whole ‘fear disguised as optimism’ phenomenon in my life has a fatal end.

One I’m not proud of but feel obliged to share.

I could have set down my devotion to optimism for a second, and dove into the reality unfolding in front of me.

Until my mom died, I believed that if you were just “positive” about things, they would always work out the way you wanted. I believed that optimism was the secret ingredient in cancer recovery that doctors couldn’t inject.

While it’s not the cause of my mom’s death, blind optimism (see: fear) was an accomplice.

Now, I see no reason to rehash the past other than to learn from it.

In your life, it’s important to beware of where fear is disguising itself as optimism.

Don’t fall in the trap of believing that your situation will spontaneously improve or that your dream career will fall in your lap. Neither is true or false, necessarily.

Thinking deeply about how to make myself and the world a little better. & writing about creators mostly | email: kate@onedayent.com

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