(a photo of me optimistically getting a bit of practice in for when I get to walk the high wire)
‘It ain’t over till the fat lady sings’ is (according to Wiki) ‘a colloquialism which is often used as a proverb. It means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress. More specifically, the phrase is used when a situation is (or appears to be) nearing its conclusion’. Optimism by any other name.
My random thought on ‘optimism’ is that it’s over-rated and generally ends in tears. Plan for the worst and if the worst doesn’t happen then you’ve got yourself a result.
Example. I’m sat in the stand at a football match. My team is 3-0 down and we’re in the last minute of time added on. Sat behind me is a bloke with his young son. The son asks his dad, “We can still win can’t we?” His dad replies, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”. To win we need 4 goals in 60 seconds without conceding. Impossible. Obviously we lost. The kid asks, “Who’s the fat lady?” Dad replies, “Some opera singer I think”. False optimism.
The opera bit of the conversation caused me to think of the operatic singer in the band ‘Within Temptation’. I rate this band. Sharon den Adel is the lead vocalist (what a voice) with this symphonic metal band. If you don’t know them here’s a taster; the nearly optimistic song ‘Our Solemn Hour’;
Staying on subject, I took a photo this morning of this road sign (below). I optimistically presumed she must be the patron saint of dyslexics everywhere. When I checked her out on Google I discovered she isn’t a patron saint of anything. Saint Eanswythe (aka Eanswide) was an Anglo Saxon princess who sometimes turned into a fish. I found it odd that she chose to turn into a fish. Once again ‘optimism’ let me down. I am a fully-fledged (have the certificate) dyslexic, by the way.
Here’s one of my compositions, ‘Shout at Newsreels’. The title speaks for itself. I hope you enjoy;
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