You may remember the romantic frenzy surrounding The Bridges of Madison County, which subsequently spawned a movie, invented a tourism industry destination, and started more than a few book clubs. Full disclosure–I saw the movie, kinda liked it, but it was the ending that got me. I was practically screaming for the protagonist (Streep) to jump out of her husband’s truck and into her lover’s (Eastwood) vehicle. I am a romantic. If you saw the movie/read the book and sided with the husband, you are a realist.
Romantics say “yes” to things if they feel it in their hearts. Romantics say “yes” to uncertainty, as long as their hearts are satisfied. Romantics take big risks, lose big, and sometimes win big. Realists, on the other hand, keep their hearts grounded in reason. They may take smaller steps with bigger goals in mind, but they seldom leap off cliffs. Romantics take blind leaps and can be viewed as reckless at times, while realists can be plodding and slow to act.
So, are you a romantic or a realist?