On a recent trip to the Gower it became apparent that within our group at least there is a wealth of optimism when it comes to weather conditions and fires.
With this in mind I thought I would write a little post about optimism.
Optimism is defined as: “A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation.”
On our Gower trip we were certainly guilty of this optimistic approach.
Optimistic about the weather
Before the trip I had looked at the weather forecast and knew what to expect. Out of a 3 day trip I reckoned that we would get 2 days climbing and 1 day would be a wash out. However on the rainy day, it didn’t stop our team from desperately hoping that the rain would subside. 2 of our team, Will and Scott were so optimistic they even set off in search of some sheltered bouldering. They returned with tales of the best bouldering spot, laden with scantily clad women. Alas this tale was a false dawn and there was no dry bouldering or scantily clad women!
Optimistic about beach fires
After a generally disappointing wet day, punctuated by drinking and games of pool I was feeling optimistic about the possibility of having a beach fire. Sodden wood and a lack of napalm is never a good recipe for a fire in such conditions. Ignoring all of this I was convinced that we could get a fire going. To be fair we did get a fire going, it just wasn’t a very good one. There were moments when the fire teased and taunted us. It would look like it was going to kick off and really pump out some heat, but it was all lies. Up and down the beach, hidden in the folds of the dunes were other optimistic folk all struggling with pitiful fires giving off the combined heat of a tea light!
Optimistic about the future
Whilst writing this post about optimism and its downfalls I still feel optimistic. If we hadn’t of lit that pitiful fire we would have stayed huddled in the tent bored and miserable. If I had been pessimistic about the weather I might have stayed at home protected from the gales and rain but no doubt I would have felt bored and unfulfilled. So, all said and done I think I am going to stay optimistic and look on the brighter side of life!
Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty type?
Are you surrounded by pessimistic folk who are bringing you down?
Get involved in the discussion and let me know what you think below!