Tilting at windmills, so unrealistic some would say. Maybe, maybe not. Is it important to always be practical, to see the world for what it is and not for what you'd like it to be?
As an adult, my maturity level may be measured by onlookers by being realistic. Practicality and realism are two positive traits of a mature mind. But it's also important to have hope. Don Quixote represented an optimism and hopefulness that is all too often absent in the world of grown-ups. There seems to be so little time for laughter and imagination once over the threshold of adulthood.
I've tempered much of the idealism of my youth--but not all of it. And although my idealistic thoughts and beliefs sometimes bring frustration when confronted with reality, I hope to never lose them all. I still want to believe that positive change can happen because people care, because they take action based on their ideals and beliefs.
I want to absent myself from the vitriolic rants in the media. I want to believe the positive people in this nation are simply quieter than the negative thinkers. Call me quixotic if you like. I'll take that as a compliment.