The Glass

21077224_10210045709286068_6398435211009267583_n“Is your glass half full or half empty?”

Well, fictional person I created to start an imaginary conversation for the purpose of making a point, it really depends on the past condition of the glass.

I always had trouble with the “Are you a glass half full or half empty” concept because my answer seemed to be “it depends” every time. It depends on how the glass got to that point.

See, a glass isn’t always one or the other. If water (or wine…) was just poured to the top and someone drank half of it, then the glass is now half empty. Alternately, if the glass was just filled to the current level, then it is half full. You can’t look at something and, with no knowledge of it’s past or it’s circumstances, decide it’s current condition. Its’s just too relative for that. So the answer to the question is going to change with every different circumstance.

It’s relative to the beholder. 

Relativity must replace absolutism in the realm of morals as well as in the spheres of physics and biology.
-Thomas Cochrane

This being said, I think we all have the option to look at situations within a condition and choose whether or not we are going to have a negative outlook on it. I’m not saying we should all be optimists, but don’t find something wrong with every situation, make a point of complaining about it, and then call yourself a realist.

You drank half the water and now you’re complaining that it’s half empty. While that may be true, it doesn’t have to be the absolute forever truth. It’s half empty right now, but all you have to do is pick up the glass and fill it up again. It’s not that hard.

I realized recently that when I hang out with someone who is constantly negative (under the false pretense of being a ‘realist’) I start to dread every moment with them. I start being a pessimist in their presence. And being a pessimist is one of the most exhausting things you can do.

If your favorite artist releases a new album and you love all the songs but one, then I say you’ve gotten a great album. But if you start harping on that one song you find weak, then you’re creating a bad attitude towards the entire album. Relatively, the album as a whole is enjoyable for you, so why would you fight to change that?

I moved into my new apartment on Saturday. It’s in a HOT state I don’t like, next to a college I’m grudgingly attending, and has a few broken appliances that really should have been fixed before I arrived. However, I honestly love it. (And so does my cat, so that’s what really matters here.)

My bathroom is small but my room is BIG and is now furnished with TWO desks, thanks to my roommate. I’m a horrible interior designer but I have plenty of stationary supplies and work space. The floors in the living room and kitchen are hardwood and the couch is really comfortable. The internet isn’t working but the electricity and water works. We’ve had trouble getting the office to tend to our broken appliances, but I’ve made great use of the workout room and pool.

There is no hiding that there are things I could complain about and negative facts I could obsess over, but what fun would that be? I’m not fussed and I’ve found I’m already happy in a place I NEVER thought I would have lived. I’m stubborn and prideful and refuse to become an aggie, but I’ve already enjoyed a guest speaker, claimed a table at one of the local coffee shops, and spent time with a close friend I didn’t think I’d get to live so close to again. I miss my family but I’m not alone with two wonderful roommates I adore.

I’m enjoying my time in College Station and in my new apartment. The glass is filling up and I’m drinking happily.

Relatively, of course.

 

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