Just me, the eternal optimist

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I consider myself a very well-rounded person. I am not outstandingly good at any one thing, but I do a lot of things quite satisfyingly. Not one half of my brain is superior over the other. I enjoy natural sciences (hence my degree in Geography) as much as I do languages and music (hence my degree in English) and sports are a huge part of my life (hence the degree in Physical Education). I’ve always had a hard time focusing on one single thing, when there was obviously so much diverse, interesting stuff out there. I do want to experience things from all angles.

I don’t let myself get overwhelmed easily (although it does happen every once in a while). I listen, I analyze, I act. I am not one to freak out over every little thing.
I am a firm believer that everything can be conquered, if you take it ‘one step at a time’. I do worry about the future sometimes, but I try to not let it get too big in my head. There is nothing gained in over-planning something that is not in our control (although I am a planner, at heart. I guess I do like to think that I know what might happen along the way.)

I will admit that I do tend to overthink matters. I’ll think about this one comment someone made, or this one side remark that someone let out carelessly and without much intention, long after that person has forgotten (s)he even said anything at all.
If you say something, mean it. Words matter. Intention matters. More often than not do people speak before they think, without considering the impact on other people.

I am not perfect. Nobody is. (Surprise!) But I tend to believe that I am considerate of others and that I am trying to be sensitive to someone else’s feelings at all times.
I like to listen and to say nothing in response, if it is unnecessary, or to say something if it is appropriate.
I have a tendency to make other people’s problems my problems. I know I need to work on that, because I am just one girl and I cannot “save the world”, as much as I wish I could.
I keep hoping though that perhaps I can at least save little pieces of it.


  1. “I have a tendency to make other people’s problems my problems.”

    I am the same way sometimes but I have learned to let go and let others take care of their business by themselves unless they need my help. It’s tough at times because I just want to help them out. However, I need to sit down and remember that my actions might be viewed as interfering rather than helping. One has to distinguish between the both and I am still learning to find that balance. I believe I am slowly getting there though. ;)
    .-= Stefanie´s last blog ..From loving to becoming this country =-.

  2. Oh I wish you didn’t have to be so far away. I think we would be such good friends. “More often than not do people speak before they think, without considering the impact on other people.” So very true – we have to be so careful with our words. If we all took that little bit of extra care and thought with what we say, I think the world would be a bit of a different place.
    .-= Emily Jane´s last blog ..Out on the wily- windy moors =-.

  3. I, a fellow optimist, like this post very much. It’s easier to pick apart what we aren’t than praise what we are. Bravo.
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..I am one of the romantics =-.

  4. I feel like I could have written this entry. Save the Physical Education part. :) But yes, generally, I am optimistic and want to believe in the best and be hopeful — sometimes anxiety gets me down but I try and focus on NOW and HERE and calm.

  5. I have often gotten too involved in the heart break of other people. I suppose it’s because I’m very empathetic.
    I try very hard to be an optimist, but I have had such tragedy in my life that I find quite often I see the world as in a glass half empty.
    Thanks for reminding me to look at it being half full.
    .-= Maribeth´s last blog ..Cooking Again or the story of my life lately! =-.

  6. and this is (one of the many reasons) i love you. believe me, you DO save little pieces of the world every single day. HDGGGDL! <3
    .-= kim´s last blog ..30 Days of Truth Day 01 =-.

  7. this is (one of the reasons) i love you. you DO save little pieces of the world every single day just by being the person you are. HDGGGDL <3
    .-= kim´s last blog ..30 Days of Truth Day 01 =-.

  8. I know what you mean, San. Truly.

  9. We love you because you are you! Now if you would live closer I could tell you that every day :) Whatever happend to your plans to come out here for a long weekend? hehe. Kisses

  10. I used to make other people’s problems mine and I’m so glad I don’t anymore. It’s a great feeling only worrying about myself and family of course.

    I’m a huge planner too and I know we can’t really control our future but it’s nice to have an IDEA of what we want to happen. :)

  11. I tend to make people’s problems my own as well. I worry about issues that aren’t even my issues to worry about. I’ve gotten better about it, but I seriously used to leave sleep over problems my friends were having.
    .-= terra´s last blog ..Date Night- Nostalgic State Fair Adventures &amp some mild counter-protesting =-.

  12. I also overthink things. Gosh, it’s such an annoying habit but I can still have something someone said to me over a year ago, and they probably don’t even remember it.
    .-= Karen blogged this: A week in the city of hundred spires =-.

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