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Realist, while I try not to focus on what bad can happen, I still try to plan for it. Like getting a life insurance plan when I moved on on my own.
I was raised to expect the worst but hope for the best and to always strive to be prepared, no matter what (at least to the greatest extent possible since some things are of a magnitude beyond what I could prepare for ... but at least I should strive to counter that which is preventable and that which can be attenuated). And I strive to bear in mind when tragedy strikes that "this, too, shall pass."
There is nothing that can befall me that has not been faced by countless people before me, so I might as well strive to face my struggles with dignity and humility while understanding that life is a journey with low points and some high points thrown in as well. No one in the history of mankind has gotten through life without facing low points.
And the high points are often what I
make of them. I can choose to waste my opportunity to appreciate the small things in my life by choosing instead to envy others because their high points seem "higher" or greater than mine. Or I can be wise enough to appreciate the little things in my life that PLENTY of other, more unfortunate, people would see as blessings. I believe the little things in life that bring us happiness add up to something truly monumental.