Positivity versus Reality

Be RealI found myself feeling annoyed as I was talking with a friend the other day. Though my friend is cool and positive, just like me; as we talked, I felt myself beginning to feel as if my friend’s lifestyle wasn’t real to me. And, I honestly don’t really know how to put it… maybe my friend was being “too positive” about life, or maybe since my life isn’t where I want it to be I wasn’t in a happy-go-lucky mood. I don’t know. It was like as if my friend lived in a seemingly perfect world that was in another dimension; and it made me feel weird, because it was clear that their reality definitely wasn’t my reality.

We all have good days and bad days. And, I truly believe that regardless of anyone’s current situation, that we all should remain positive in life. All of my close friends are very positive people; and we love to feed off of each others positive energy! To me displaying an attitude of positivity and having a spirit of joy are two very important ingredients in what makes someone beautiful. But, is there a such thing as being “too positive”? Regardless if it is or not, I feel people can easily bring their Facebook “everything’s great” mindset into their real life without knowing it.

Be Real1I really aspire to live a life of peace and joy; however I cannot ignore, or be ignorant to the tangible struggles life brings to me, or brings to others around me. As I walk around my community I easily see signs of hopelessness and attitudes of indifference on the weather-beaten faces of some of the men and women who walk up and down the sidewalks of downtown Los Angeles. This is reality. I don’t live in a world where everyone is genuinely happy, smiling and enjoying themselves. Being positive is not easy. Life is hard. This is a fact, and if you don’t believe me, just ask Oprah or anyone who wasn’t raised eating from a silver spoon.

All in all… I feel there is a balance of being positive in life and also being real. Finding that balance probably comes with maturity, responsibility, and life experience. And, the simple truth is that everyone cannot see the world the way I see it. And guess what, that’s OK 🙂 ; though it sometimes can be annoying.

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