The advantage in life for a pessimist is that you always prepare for the worst, and when the worst happens, you are ready to deal with it. The only time you are taken by surprise, is when something good happens.
So, I was expecting the San Jose Sharks to beat the St. Louis Blues in their championship series. And last night, the Sharks took them down 4 goals to none.
I owe Bank of America money, something that doesn’t go well with being retired and in poor health, and out of money. I am putting my finances in order and preparing to have to pay them. But I got a letter from a collection agency that has taken on collecting the debt.
So, bad things happen in tandem with other bad things. And sometimes being prepared is just not enough.
As a science fiction writer working with apocalyptic themes, I have been researching the problems that could be the end of humanity, if not life on Earth. As the video explains, the way we have used the Earth’s resources, wrecked Earth’s environment, and overpopulated the Earth to unsustainable levels have already left us at a point of no return. We are doomed by our own hands.
So… sometimes being a pessimist is a real bummer.
But terrible things happening doesn’t leave us without resources. Human beings are adaptable and resilient. We may not all live happily ever after, but we are capable of preserving the species through chaos and catastrophe. And if we don’t, it isn’t like we have lived in vain.
In fact, I have already taken steps to deal with the pirates of Bank of America. And the Blues are playing a best-of-seven series which is now tied at one game apiece. Doom looms. But I am not worried. I have already accepted that the very worst will probably happen. Odds are I will be pleasantly surprised more than once.