In the end there will always be the realities we will need to face, no matter what you may want for yourself. We may foster superstitious ideals of the good luck we will partake in. We may purposefully overlook potential obstacles to pump up our level of security going in. We even hope that we might not need the level of diligence and persistence generally required to work our way through to the goal. But in the end, reality persists.
Is it better then to hope and sugar coat what adversities lie ahead or is it best that we accept that we will learn hard lessons along the way? As with many things, there is an individualized balance each of us will do our best with. A balance sustained throughout the eventual achievement with a sense of optimism and constructive intelligence to muscle through to the end. Never naive, nor doomed.
“Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.” — Bertrand Russell —