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When Life Gives You Lemons, Do You Throw Them in Life's Face?

When Life Gives You Lemons, Do You Throw Them in Life's Face?

There are all sorts of preferences that define you: the type of music you listen to, your clothing preferences, even the state of your locker. But when it comes down to it, there are really only two kinds of people: optimists and pessimists. So how about it, Sparklers? Is your glass half empty or half full? Do you prefer rainstorms or rainbows? Do you make lemonade out of your lemons? If you're not sure, we can help. Just consider your reactions to the following scenarios:

The Scene
You've made it through a terribly boring lecture about the laws of supply and demand and are looking forward to your next period: lunch! The bell rings and you go to leave, only to find your jeans pulling freshly chewed gum off the underside of the desk. Half of a wad of pink bubblegum is now stuck to your left thigh.

Reaction A
Your face turns beet red. You raise a clenched fist to the sky and scream, "Why me!!!!" In your mind, you think about all the ways the universe has wronged you, like that time you took a giant bite of Cocoa Puffs only to realize that the milk had gone bad. You begin planning your revenge on all the world's gum-bandits, imagining how you'll attend the Bubble Gum Bubble Blowing Championships and smash all the contestants' bubbles against their faces, leaving little bits of sticky goo in their tiny face hairs, so they will be as tormented as you are right now.

Reaction B
After a moment of disappointment—Oh no! I just washed these jeans!—you take a second to observe the situation. Maybe gum-speckled jeans will become a fashion trend? That might be kind of cool. And even if that doesn't happen, this gives you a chance to try out different gum-removal approaches. And if it turns out that your jeans are ruined, at least you have an excuse to get a new pair. Shopping, yay!

The Scene
You're running a little late and get to the bus stop just as the bus is pulling away. Then, without any warning, the sky darkens and rain begins to pour down. Of course, unaware that it was supposed to rain, you didn't bring an umbrella. You are now wet.

Reaction A
You vomit a slew of unrepeatable words and decide that this is an omen of bad things to come. The day will surely hold other horrors: your late arrival to school will warrant a punishment, so your first period teacher will make you read aloud from the textbook or some such nonsense. Later on in the day, you'll finally get the chance to talk to your crush when you're paired together for a class project–except you'll look like a wet dog and won't ever be able to recover from this awful first impression. FYL.

Reaction B
While the situation isn't ideal, you decide to make the best of it. Like Gene Kelly in the movie "Singin' In the Rain," you gingerly tap dance through the quickly-forming puddles. When you get to school, you ask all your friends to dig through their lockers and cobble together a dry outfit from their random collection of clothes. You discover that hoodies look awesome underneath v-neck t-shirts. Quelle surprise! Your new look is a hit with your crush.

The Scene
You had a hard time with last night's math homework and are anxious to talk to your teacher about it. But when you walk into the classroom, you find a substitute standing at the board.

Reaction A
In your mind, you launch into a monologue about how you're never going to understand quadratic equations and are obviously going to fail this class. Your GPA will be ruined and your chances of getting into your top choice college will be dashed. You'll languish in academic limbo, unsure of what to major in and what you want to do with your life. Eventually, you'll just drop out and end up walking behind horses in parades, shoveling their poop into wheelbarrows.

Reaction B
Although slightly disappointed that your teacher isn't there to help answer your questions, you decide to ask the substitute–who knows, maybe he's a math genius? It turns out he's not, but he is getting an MFA in poetry and shares your love for T.S. Eliot. It's always fun to meet cool older people.

Now, for the results. If you chose more...

Reaction As: You are a tried and true pessimist. You're always prepared to make the worst of a situation, and when things go wrong, you're not surprised. While your attitude keeps you from being disappointed (it's hard to be, when your expectations are so low) it can make life a bit gloomy and dark. We suggest that you consider taking a sunnier approach to life, at least every once in a while. When things go wrong, think of it as an opportunity to learn something new. Or get annoyed. Whatever.

Reaction Bs: You are an optimist. You've probably been told that once or twice before, and it hasn't always been meant as a compliment. It's nice that you find the silver lining in every situation, but just make sure you don't bottle up your frustration and then let it out in some sort of insane, hair-pulling-out, crying-and-drooling tantrum. It's perfectly acceptable to get a little upset every once in a while.

So, which one are you, an optimist or a pessimist? Or do you flip back and forth, depending on your mood?

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Topics: Life
Tags: attitude, pessimism, optimism

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