It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. And there's a lot to be thankful for right now, a lot to look forward to too.

I'm optimistic about the outcome of our election and will be advance voting this weekend. Maybe I'm naive to be excited. Sometimes, I feel very disconnected from certain factions here that seem at odds with my feelings about Canada and my experiences here too. I also feel frustrated when good people are convinced to vote with fear and mistrust in their hearts. My optimism might be misplaced. But I'm optimistic nevertheless.

I guess I'm feeling like optimism is something I want more of. I'm over the sort of cool jadedness that has become so pervasive. We tend to present it as delivering the unvarnished truth: Here let me give you the straight goods on [relationships / careers / life as an artist / home ownership / whatever]. Or we think it's a sign of intelligence to be critical of everything around us, to point out the negative to every positive. But there's nothing stupid about hope, about getting excited about ideas, about being inspired.

We're naturally guarded because we've been burned so many times. The politician we all loved turned out to be a philanderer. The brand we swore by turned out to be sweatshopping. The car we thought was green turned out to be cheating tests. And these things won't stop happening - hope will always be vulnerable to disappointment. But I still think better decisions are made when people allow themselves to feel optimistic.

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