A world without hope is a lost cause. Without hope, we are simply walking around expecting the worst possible scenario to happen. There’s no prayer, there’s no optimism, there’s nothing.
Without hope, bad scenarios become worse. Tenfold. There’s no one saying, “It’s okay, things will work themselves out.” You don’t sit there and think about the positive side of negative experiences. You can only dwell on what is, with no hope of what could be.
Being hopeful is something that we tend to take for granted, and we don’t realize this until we have the choice of whether we can be hopeful or not.
The choice to be hopeful can be difficult in certain circumstances, but making that decision is up to you and only you. Being myself, I tend to grab onto even the smallest chance of things going the right way. Sometimes, this may lead to heartbreak, but that is something that I am well aware of.
I live by a saying (a saying that I may have made up myself, but a saying nonetheless.)
Hoping for the best, but preparing myself for the worst.
It’s different than the typical, “Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst,” saying because I am not expecting the worst to happen. Honestly, I don’t know what I’m expecting to happen. I’m just hoping for the best possible scenario to occur. Call me ignorant or naïve, but this is how I view the world.
Now, to the second half of my (maybe made up) quote: “…preparing myself for the worst.”
This is the important part. Anyone can easily hope for the best thing to happen, but if it doesn’t happen, then you will be completely and utterly let down. Heartbroken. Empty. To avoid this, you need to tell yourself that this might not happen. In fact, the worst possible scenario may happen, and you need to be prepared for that. It’s called being a realist. A realist with a hint of optimism, if you will.
Begin hoping again. That little kid, “I hope I’ll be the president one day,” type of feeling.
As soon as you stop hoping for things, you will stop getting them. Have hope, because without it, we have nothing.