Originally Posted by nerdykarim
Yes, very blind optimism at 19. It went away at ~21-22. Now I'm optimistic again at 23 years old, but I don't think my optimism is blind anymore.
+1 The same with me. I went into college not knowing what I wanted to do. I picked education and was not happy with it. But now, I'm on my way travel and teach aboard. So things can change a lot.
Originally Posted by Huntsman
At 19, my mother had just died of cancer the third time around. I had dropped out of highschool so I could help out my family with her care, as well as that of a disabled sibling and a grandfather with Alzheimer's. We were far from rich and pretty gutted by lots of uncovered medical expenses. So no, I had no sense of blind optimism. I was, however, pretty determined to get everything back on track in my life regardless of circumstances. Have done pretty well since then, got my degree, a good job in my field, am now looking to parlay all of that experience into three more years of school, a better job and an even better life.