On One Hand

November 8, 2004

The pessimists have it easy.

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 12:25 pm

For the optimist, life difficult. You can take it from me – I know from experience. Things never quite turn out as good as planned, and thank God there’s always tomorrow to fix it. But you know how tomorrow goes: it never gets here. As quickly as the steady beat of now advances down the path of time, tomorrow retreats in the distance, like a golden carrot dangling in the sky forever just out of reach. The optimists are the mules of the world, pulling us all forward and breaking their bodies in the effort. They labor endlessly, hoisting humanity out of a dangerous pit because they know that someday their efforts will be paid back tenfold, in the tomorrow that is always yet to come. The lovers and believers toil on, panting, squinting their eyes to see their daydreams smiling back from just beyond the cold steel glare of the sun. They dance even though they’re dancing on knives and sing till they spit blood, and then keep singing.

The pessimists have it easy. They see the empty place in each of their hearts and don’t try to make it warm. Because tomorrow can only be worse, they thank Today for keeping them alive. And strangely, each moment is a little better than expected. The pessimist can look up and realize that the long dreaded night is filled with stars, pinholes of light against the darkness, lingering to shine out one last time before the clouds cover. But it doesn’t make them happy. Commiserating, the pessimists bash at each other over the cold pavement, dolling blame. And when the night has reached its most terrible moment, they lie silent, sleeping.

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6 Comments »

  1. You are an extremely insightful person. Kudos to you because you rock! Sorry if people you don’t know leaving comments creeps you out a tad.

    Comment by sideoforiental — November 8, 2004 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  2. Who do you think is happier, the optimist, or the pessimist?

    Comment by tempur_tempur — November 8, 2004 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

    • Probably the optimist. I don’t know; I tend to be one and not the other so I don’t have a neutral perspective.

      Comment by ononehand — November 9, 2004 @ 8:11 am | Reply

  3. Re: perfect…

    lol sure.

    Comment by ononehand — November 9, 2004 @ 3:22 am | Reply

  4. Re: perfect…

    Damn look at that body!!

    Comment by Anonymous — November 30, 2004 @ 7:30 am | Reply


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