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Life simon on 23 Feb 2016 10:03 pm

On Optimism

I consider myself to be a pretty optimistic and positive person. That’s not to say that I don’t realise when something is unreachable or unrealistic but I’ve never been truly stressed about how things will turn out.

Let me take you back to my trip to Japan five years ago:

I had a week homestay at a place called Tajimi, near Nagoya. In order to get there we had to jump on a few different connecting trains. Since we were meeting our host family at a certain time we had to plan those trips perfectly. The first of the train trips was a Shinkansen down to Nagoya from Tokyo. I was with a friend who was going to homestay with me. He did not believe we would make this train and was convinced it wasn’t worth the effort to rush for it. Let’s just say I proved him wrong!

The reason I’m thinking about this now is because of the recent run of form of my home football team, the Perth Glory. Just a few weeks ago I was ready to give up on this season after a run of disappointing results. We need to be in the top six of the league to make the finals and I had already conceded to not being able to do so. Fast forward to last weekend and the team has now won five in a row, and playing with confidence. We’re outside the top six still but I’m really starting to believe that we’ve turned this season around and we can make it.

I’m reminded of a few years back when Liverpool were ever so close to taking the Premier League title in England. The entire supporter base believed, and we had all dreamed but alas it wasn’t to be. As a devout Liverpool fan it really broke me. I think about that a lot whenever I have expectations about something – I don’t let it get the better of me and it means I’m better off at the end no matter how it turns out. Even if I am disappointed.

And what of the future? I remain hopeful.

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