I am definitely not a pessimist.
When I told one of my friends that I didn't like how the last Hunger Games book ended, he said, "It's realistic." I've decided I strongly dislike reality.
Maybe watching Disney princess movies when I was younger contributed to it, but I have always been a dreamer.
I've always believed in dreaming big dreams and chasing those dreams. I believe in "happily ever after" (even if it's not in a sparkling palace). I don't (at least, I try not to) let "reality" tell me I can't dream those dreams (and achieve them).
Some people think the world is too big or their are too many people who need help that our efforts at helping will be useless. That, of course, is not true.
I'm not sure where exactly I'm going with this post. I guess I just want you to remember this: with God, anything is possible. YOU can change the life of an orphan or homeless person. YOU can feed the hungry. YOU can dream and achieve those dreams. YOU can amount to great things. YOU can spread God's love to the people of this world who have been overwhelmed by "reality" and have immense trouble believing that God is the Creator who loves them.
Life won't be perfect. Troubles are a given. But don't let your troubles stop you from believing that you can make a difference, that you can dream.
"Reality" has us believe that our lives are pointless, that we will never amount to anything, that divorce comes hand-in-hand with marriage, and on and on and on. But you know what? That doesn't have to be YOUR reality.