I’m fairly sure I’m an optimistic person, at least I like to think I am!
I will always take my sunglasses when going out, even if it’s raining – does that count as being optimistic or just hopeful?
Optimism: hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something.Source
A few random thoughts on optimism from my week, ramblings perhaps you could say!
We’ve had some wet wintry days lately, so I’ve used the inside days to read, update some posts, plan some things and when the rain stopped I would go for a walk in the forest. I’m always optimistic that the rain will stop eventually and allow a bike ride or a walk outside.
A slippery fall
Just the other day, I was heading outside to sit in my sunroom, (recently featured in this post), and slipped over on a wet piece of timber. I was literally swept off my feet!
I suddenly found myself lying on the ground wondering if I had broken anything – you know, old people and brittle bones?? I was optimistic that no major damage had been done.
I made myself lie there for a few minutes, doing a quick scan of my body. I had fallen on my right leg, using my forearm and hand to try to break my fall, so the right side of my body was a bit sore. After moving my fingers, wrist and arm slowly, I pushed myself up off the ground to see if I was OK to to stand up and walk around. I was!
My hand was very sore so after a few minutes of finding my balance and walking around, I went inside for an ice pack. The Mathematician was out in the paddock and didn’t return for some time, which thankfully worked out OK – goodness knows what I would have done if I’d been unable to move for some reason. Thinking of the ‘what ifs’ isn’t very optimistic or helpful!
I suddenly noticed the light had changed outside and saw the most amazing rainbows – yes a double rainbow right in front of our house. How can you not smile and feel optimistic with such beauty? I know I featured these rainbows in my #SundayStills post yesterday but I’ll share them again here, as they were very special.
Rainbows are full of optimism and hope. I love them and can’t resist taking a photo or two!
I know it’s been going on for a long time now, and I do get a bit down due to many issues related to the pandemic, but I’m also optimistic that we will get out of this sometime soon. I refuse to allow myself to think the worst and I have to believe that one day soon I will be able to travel overseas again to see my daughter and granddaughter in England. That we will all do the right thing and the world will return to some form of new normality. Now that’s optimism for you!
There’s a lot going on in the world and it seems many people have their own ideas on how things should be done. It has created fear and distrust and that isn’t helping anyone.
Have you heard of hopepunk?
I listened to a podcast ages ago, which discussed hopepunk and grimdark, and in these strange days we’re living in, it made some sense to me. I thought of it when writing this post on optimism and decided to mention it briefly.
an approach to storytelling that focus on humanity’s positive qualities and the importance of hopeSource
According to Aja Roman at Vox, hopepunk was coined by a writer named Alexandra Rowland in 2017, intended as a counterpoint to grimdark, an existing term for a speculative genre that utilizes bleakly dystopian themes of violence, amorality, and despair.
…hopepunk, which finds its narrative motivation in the idea of optimism—embodied in acts of love, kindness, and respect for one another—as resistance. Source
There’s also a hopepunk book shelf in Goodreads. “Depending on who you ask, hopepunk is as much a mood and a spirit as a definable literary movement, a narrative message of ‘keep fighting, no matter what.’ If that seems too broad—after all, aren’t all fictional characters fighting for something?—then consider the concept of hope itself, with all the implications of love, kindness, and faith in humanity it encompasses.” — Aja Romano, “In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is weaponizing optimism”
Is there a difference between being optimistic and being hopeful?
Great question! I did a search on that very question and this answer clarified it for me.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, hope is “something good that you want to happen in the future, or a confident feeling about what will happen in the future,” and optimism is “the quality of being full of hope and emphasizing the good parts of a situation, or a belief that something good will happen.”
How about you?
What does optimism mean to you? Have you heard of hopepunk before? I love reading dystopian stories but usually for the optimism and wanting the best outcome possible.
I’ve enjoyed sharing a few rambling thoughts on optimism and would love to hear your thoughts too. I do try to be optimistic in my view of the world, although it’s not always easy.
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