There are attitudes that are not suitable for us as we get older; being a pessimist fits into that category. It takes courage to face the ageing process and to have a positive mindset, whatever the outcome, means that at the very least you enjoyed the ride!
The war time prime minister Winston Churchill noted that a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty
I recently read an article in Candis magazine, the August issue P 37, ‘When it’s OK to Choose Pessimism’ the article speaks of defensive pessimism – a way of thinking that looks at the worst possible outcome, then, optimistically prepares to prevent it. That sounds remarkably like our journey into possible retirement or the way we view the as yet unknown future!
Worry is so draining especially when there isn’t a reality to fix the worry onto. Concerns about ill health, our own or of our nearest and dearest, can sap the energy out of the day/month/year/future. ‘Defensive pessimism’ might just be a useful tool in your SuperAger kit. I would be interested in your thoughts.
Meanwhile have a good day. Love Angela