So is there a way to take this situation and be optimistic? Of course!
Where do I begin?
When I posted some of these pics on facebook, the biggest reaction I got from people is "are you okay" and "wow I'm glad you're okay". I'm glad too. But I never realized it could've been a lot worse. It was 9 AM when the accident occurred. If the roads had been busier, I might've been pushed into oncoming traffic. And then I could've been injured. Instead, I was simply rear-ended. I didn't feel more than a jerk; it reminded me of being on a rollercoaster. No whiplash, no hitting my head or body on anything. I'm incredibly lucky.
Now, let me get to some "benefits" of having to get a new car. Although I might have to pay a little out of pocket, I'll be able to get a newer, nicer car. There were a few things my car lacked, like automatic locking and windows. I'd really appreciate a car where I can lock and unlock all the doors at the click of a button. Also, my car lacked an auxillary port to hook my iPod to. Perhaps I'll even be able to install one of those things so I can start my car from far away in the winter. Also, a newer car would have a nicer interior. Yeah, my car was a simple, humble vehicle. I could perhaps have something a little fancier. We'll see.
Anyway, to get back to the original question "what is the best way to develop a positive attitude", in this case, give it time. My immediate thought when I stepped out of my car that gloomy morning was "eff my life". It wasn't until today that I realized how fortunate I truly am for things happening the way they did. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason. And even if I could go back in time and prevent this from happening, I believe that I was "due" for some type of accident anyway. If this hadn't happened, something else might've, and it could've been worse. I could've been injured. Or it could've been an accident where I was at fault. But like I said, I was probably due for something to come and shake up my life. Every now and again, something happens and it makes us appreciate tomorrow more than we did yesterday.
Well, I think that's a good line to finish on.