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April 2010

advice from a pessimist

Sometimes, we all need a little advice. Ariel Leve, author of the delightfully, realistically pessimist new essay collection It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me, is here to help. (And if you comment with your own questions, next week she could help YOU!)

Dear Ariel,

My best friend just got engaged, and she’s thrilled. But now all she wants to do is talk about her wedding, and she expects me to be just as excited as she is! I’m happy for her, but not THAT happy. What do I do?

-Bridezilla’s BFF

Dear Bridezilla’s BFF,
What’s wrong with your friend? It’s bad enough that all she wants to do is talk about her wedding. On top of that she’s expecting you to match her enthusiasm? There’s something wrong. She’s not really considering the impact her cheerfulness is having on your psyche, is she? Also, consider this: wedding planners exist for a reason. Tell her to call one.

Dear Ariel,
My boss has been acting weird around me lately, and I think I might lose my job. What should I do?

-Fear of Firing

Dear Fear of Firing,
Assume the worst. I know people say don’t worry about things that haven’t happened yet but why not? It will motivate you to take precautions. Take steps. For instance, you can begin to practice for what your life will be like when you’re unemployed and poor. Wake up, get out of bed, realize you have nowhere to go and nothing to do, return to bed, and go back to sleep. Test this out on weekends. Also practice in front the mirror how you will say, “Nothing” with dignity for when people ask you what you do. Then imagine them walking away after you say this. Especially if you live in New York City.

I don’t know about you guys, but I would certainly rely on advice from a pessimist when making my life decisions. So remember to comment with your own questions below, and if you like Ariel’s attitude, browse insider her book!

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