If you expect the worst but hope for the best, does that make you a pessimist?
And if that makes you a pessimist, shouldn’t everyone be one? Isn’t it better to prepare for the worst, just in case, rather than be completely blindsided by it if/when it comes to pass?
Thinking only positively seems to leave one unprepared for hardship, which comes for us all at some point in life. I embrace my pessimism.