Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ten Days of Thanksgiving - Day 7

Sorry I missed you all yesterday! The day just flew by and before I knew it, it was just too late to post, especially when I knew I would have this post going up early Tuesday morning.

Well, today is day 7 of the Ten Days of Thanksgiving and today I am thankful for...

My common sense.

John F. Kennedy once perfectly described himself as an "idealist without illusions." I love that and I think it sums up how I am just riiiight.

I'm definitely an idealist and I am constantly using the terms "annoyingly positive" to describe myself but, I'm not naive and I know when something is unrealistic and/or won't work.

So, today I am thankful for my common sense and for having a good head on my shoulders.

What made me think to be grateful for this trait, you ask?

Well, last night as I was driving home I was listening to Delilah (hello, Christmas music on 104.1!) and this girl called in and was upset because she didn't know if she was actually in a relationship with her "fiance" who is MARRIED to another woman.

What? WHAT?

He is married. What part of that fact is confusing you? I want to just reach through the radio and shake girls like this. Maybe I'm jaded. Maybe I'm cynical. Maybe I'm... logical.

The story kind of had me fuming and things like this piss me off to the point where I begin to question the meaning of marriage at all. I begin to question when or if I will meet someone that feels the same way I do. I don't think marriage is just a piece of paper, but clearly, others do.

Anyway, before I get completely out of control and high up on my soapbox...

That call got me thinking about how grateful I am that I have the common sense to say thanks, but no thanks to situations like this.

Not that I haven't gotten myself into my fair share of situations when I was younger that were just ridiculous and I should have seen coming a mile away. My common sense came with age and time. It came after making mistakes and learning from them. It came from watching other people make mistakes and learning from them.

And, that's the thing.

Everyone goes through it when they're younger, this making bad decisions and living idealistically, but now that you're an adult and supposedly wiser? Uhh, uhh. Not ok.

So. Yeah. I'm thankful that I'm not a complete bonehead and don't put up with crap like this. Hopefully the girl on the radio figure it out too. Delilah really laid into her, so hopefully she listened. ;)

What do you consider yourself, an idealist or a realist?

PS: Check out my new page... I just put up a 30 before 30 list that I started back in April!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh wow - that is a bonehead story. Makes me feel sad for the person who called in because it's really sad she would put up with something like that!

I am thankful for my common sense and logical way of thinking. I wasn't always this way, I was pretty over-emotional when I was in my earlier 20s and was more swayed by things. Now I think much more logically - especially when it comes to dating (USUALLY, BUT NOT ALWAYS!!) ;)

I consider myself a realist... I definitely would NOT describe myself as an idealist! It is great that there are both types out there because we balance each other!!

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely a realist, but like you I'm an optimistic one. I love puzzling out the problems with a situation or project so I can avoid them or plan to make things better from the start, you know? :)

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I'm an idealist :) I'm the one who's always trying to help friends work through problems in a relationship rather than tell them to walk away (though OBVIOUSLY I would tell someone to walk away from a relationship with a married man. Lol). Maybe it's because I'm still young or haven't been through as much heartache (though I feel like I've had my fair share) as some so I'm not quite as jaded.

Meh, that's the beauty of the world though, we need idealists AND realists to balance out :)

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

It takes stories like that to realize sometimes that you are smart! Super smart. I mean, who would do that anyway? Crazy people, that's who.

Anyway, its good that some of us have common sense!

I am through and through a Realist. I don't think I am being negative, but sometimes I like to say that certain things are not possible/were not meant to be/shouldn't be. That's just the way it is.

Stephany said...

I think people see me as idealistic with some of the way I go about things but I am through and through a realist. I don't believe I'm jaded by past experiences, but they have shaped my worldview in some areas.

That girl... wow. I'm glad to hear Delilah laid into her. She needed it, I think.