Maybe a bit fatalistic then.
Basically my great grandfather was a very optimistic fella. He was born in times where the sheer idea about existence of Poland was beautiful, yet almost unrealistic dream. According to my living family members that had the pleasure to know him, he definitely was a doer. He took part in the Grater Poland Uprising and war against Bolsheviks - both ended up with a full success for Poles. He achieved his dram, after over century, Poland was back on th map.
My grandfather was similar to him, very positively driven, believed Polish government that in 1939 that the nation will have to sacrifice a lot, but that finally it will pay off. After the end of WWII, when we landed on the wrong side of the iron curtain, he became a little bit bitter...
My father is a total fatalist, cynic, pessimist... I remember 1989/1990 when he really was full of hope, that everything will be finally good now... Everybody was. It wasn't long when everything came back to normal.
I guess I'm definitely more optimistic than my father, but still I can't get rid of my cynic side. Maybe my son will be just like my great-grandfather... I surely hope so. :)