My Glass Is Half Empty And I Hate It | Smile Striped Sweater | 21.02.18

BLYE wearing a 'SMILE' striped sweater with blue skinny jeans, a yellow rain coat, white trainers and round silver glasses | blye.co.uk


GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?


For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a glass half empty kind of person. When I was tiny, my parents and their friends used to joke that I was born with the world on my shoulders because I was always worried that something bad would happen. Even on the sunniest, happiest days when the sky stretched blue as far as you could see, I remember having vague thoughts of impending doom: ‘What if the sky collapsed?’ I guess I was a super fun six year old.
 
These days, I consider myself a pragmatic person rather than a negative one. I make most of my predictions based on fact instead of automatically assuming the worst will happen. However, I think a lot of people would say that my outlook on the world is pretty negative, and on the whole, that’s probably true. My glass is half empty and, to be honest, I hate it.
 
There’s a theory that achieving true happiness requires a degree of delusion. We live in a world where humans do cruel things to other humans, where your wildest dreams will likely remain dreams, where many of your life choices are made for you. How can you be happy in such a world unless you actively choose to overlook some hard truths about 21st century life on Planet Earth?
 
And yet, we know that optimistic people are more likely to achieve their goals, live a longer and healthier life and foster happier relationships. So it seems like there are two options here:
 
A. Recognise the likelihood that you will never achieve your hopes and dreams and resign yourself to a life which is less happy, less healthy and less successful.
 
OR
 
B. Ignore reality and give it a try anyway. Even if you don’t achieve your hopes and dreams, you’ll be happier, healthier and richer for it.
 
It’s a no brainer! Whichever way you look it, positive thinking is always going to work out better for you, and yet, I can’t seem to muster the ability to silence that little voice at the back of my head. I mean, I’m attempting a career in music, so I must be delusional to some degree! However, I often wonder how different things might be if I went into this thinking: ‘You are really good at what you do, you have everything you need to achieve your goals and there is no reason why you can’t succeed’. Instead, my current thoughts look more like: ‘Statistically, it is highly unlikely that you will ever succeed. You’re definitely not the best singer songwriter out there, but you’re not the worst. Who knows? You might be lucky.’ While I’m capable of thinking the former, it’s much more difficult to believe it.
 
And so, wavering somewhere between outright delusion and cold disappointment, I find myself pulled between two opposing forces. Come to think of it, I find myself stuck in the middle of almost everything in life – what does that say about my resolution? It’s frustrating, because I feel like if I could shake the negative thinking, I’d be much further along the path I’ve chosen by now. Instead, I find myself inching my way along, tentatively putting one foot in front of the other, sometimes taking a step backwards. I just want to lose the doubt and get on with it!
 
Forces and paths. Amazing how I’ve managed to make another blog post about Star Wars, isn’t it? Anyway, are you a glass half empty or glass half full kind of person? Or do you find yourself somewhere down the middle like me? How do you manage it?


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OUTFIT DETAILS



SMILE BLUE STRIPED SLOGAN SWEATERASOS
DARK BLUE SKINNY JEANSASOS
YELLOW WATERPROOF RAIN COATBoohoo (similar)
ROUND CLEAR LENS GLASSESASOS (similar)
BLACK OVERSIZED WATCHASOS (similar)

BLYE wearing a 'SMILE' striped sweater with blue skinny jeans, a yellow rain coat, white trainers and round silver glasses | blye.co.uk

BLYE wearing a 'SMILE' striped sweater with blue skinny jeans, a yellow rain coat, white trainers and round silver glasses | blye.co.uk

WHAT I’M WEARING


 
 
 
When I saw this SMILE striped sweater, I had to pick it up. Ironic considering this post is about being a glass half empty kind of person! For only £16, it’s going to be perfect for spring and summer! I’ve teamed it with a yellow rain coat, timeless blue skinny jeans and round glasses for a look inspired by a preschooler’s paint palette!
 
 

 
 
 


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BLYE wearing a 'SMILE' striped sweater with blue skinny jeans, a yellow rain coat, white trainers and round silver glasses | blye.co.uk

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