Update on Nadia’s exam – uh oh!

Dear Optimists,

Yes, it’s me. Finally! Hello you!

As Den told you yesterday (woops, we doubleposted!), I have been preparing for my oral exam the past couple of days and yesterday was finally the day.

I was pretty sure that the examiners would kill me slowly with blunt knives. Or that they were actually called “examinators” in real life.

I made sure I said my goodbyes before entering the examination room. But thirty minutes later I came out of the door like this.

I got 12 for my thesis on Evil in Philosophy, which is the highest grade in the Danish school system!

This morning I woke up to the sweetest tweet from an awesome cartoonist friend. The tweet read: “If you get a 12 on your bachelor thesis, you are allowed to dress clever”. And there it was. A drawing of me in an owl suit!

Honestly, I feel pretty damn awesome today!


PS. Isn’t Den a pretty amazing painter? More of his artwork on Dear Optimists, I say!

Feel-good reading

Dear Optimists,

You may have already concluded from Friday’s post that I like to read. If not, my study would be very tough.

But I don’t always read what’shisname’s clever texts on the human capability to think – Sometimes I pick up those feel-good books. They come in handy when you just want to sit and absorb the happiness, the troubles and the everyday life written down on paper.

I have so many books that I wonder why I still go to the library. There’s really no need for that. Why do one always go out and borrow books when they have a ton of books they’ve never read? Big philosophical question, no?

One of my favourite easy-and-quick-to-read authors is Cecelia Ahern. What is special about her is that she has kept her childish fantasy alive; the questions you may have asked yourself as a child are the ones she writes about. This is especially obvious in her book “A Place Called Here” (Am. “There’s No Place Like Here”) where the main character is obsessed with finding lost things, for instanse where our socks lost in the washing machine end up.

Her books are a teeny bit serious, yet extremely loving. There is nothing more to her books than that warm feeling. Sometimes we need books like that. I know I do.

Do you have a certain author whose books make you feel good?


I choose happy

Dear Optimists,

Writing letters to fellow optimists isn’t all I do. I’m also a student. At the moment I’m writing my Bachelor project in Philosophy and History of Science (in Denmark, you write a dissertation that is called a Bachelor project).

When people hear my field of study, they see this:

Even though being a droid really speaks to me, this isn’t my reality. I actually look exactly the same as any other student:

Studying Philosophy has given me so much throughout the years. I’ve gained more insight and I feel more content. It doesn’t mean you have to read boring and dusty texts from Ancient times, philosophy is something you can practise yourself.

This blog, my fellow Optimists, is Philosophy. Being an optimist IS philosophy. Philosophy is how you choose to live your life; it’s the system of values that you live by. All of this is extremely important for your overall happiness.

YOU choose YOUR life*. That’s the beauty of it all.

If you’re interested in knowing more on how to choose happiness, please read this short article: Philosophy Happiness

Love and insight,

*People in Third World countries don’t exactly choose for themselves, nor do people in war. BUT they choose not to sit down and cry, they choose to live by all means. If they can do it, so can we.