210 Days ’til 40: What Do You Wish For???

26 Jul

I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world. ~ Muhammad Ali

I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good. ~ Socrates

I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question. ~ Yogi Berra

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

I wish my name was Brian because maybe sometimes people would misspell my name and call me Brain. That’s like a free compliment and you don’t even gotta be smart to notice it. ~ Mitch Hedberg

We cannot wish for that we know not. ~ Voltaire

I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. ~ George Washington

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The only difference between a wish and a prayer is that you’re at the mercy of the universe for the first, and you’ve got some help with the second. ~ Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

Wish it, believe it, and it will be so. ~ Deborah Smith, Alice at Heart

I love it when I come across wishing sites…. you know the ones… with pennies or other coins piled up, often in water, and fill of dreams.  It seems that many of these dreams are those of young people, but not all.  Sometimes I pause and wonder about the symbolism connected with each coin.  Each one representing a wish or dream, some large and some small – some with faith and others following a fad.

Each coin tells a story that I will never know.  Behind each coin is a child, or grandparent, brother, mother, father, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend………. each coin has a face we never see.

Sometimes I like to create my own narratives….. perhaps I will see someone toss a coin and I wonder what their life may be like…..  based on my stereotypes of them (male/female, clothing, etc.) I could create a rather detailed fictional account (completely inaccurate, of course) of what they were wishing for………

Or perhaps I could focus on my own wishes.  My wishes have evolved greatly throughout my life…… and are often representative of a particular snapshot of time I am living.  For example, in my childhood I may have wished for a family to sweep me way (particularly if my parents were having a rougher patch).  As I grew up, my wishes changed….  In college I was idealistic and energetic – my wishes were about changing the world……. and as I got older I suddenly just wished someone would change the oil in my car (just kidding)……. As I got older my wishes morphed into children and career aspirations.  Now I tend to wish that I will stay challenged in my profession (easy in my current position) and that my partner and I make good financial decisions so that we will be able to support ourselves in our old age…… no more wishes for my own talk show (though that still remains my ultimate fantasy!)

Today, 210 days ’til 40, I am happy to be able to wish and dream.  I keep it real and I know which wishes I need to pursue, and which ones are there to give me the gift of imagining a different reality.



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12 responses to “210 Days ’til 40: What Do You Wish For???

  1. appletonavenue

    July 26, 2012 at 00:43

    I would wish for world peace and enough money to pay my mortgage every month.

  2. Shawn

    July 26, 2012 at 02:10

    I wish you well…
    in your pursuits and imaginings and continued journey.

  3. A Table in the Sun

    July 26, 2012 at 04:11

    I’m imagining retirement. Tending my garden, traveling, hiking, riding my horse…..all these with my wonderful hubby. Yes, I do all of these now, but……..wouldn’t it be great to do them more often? I’ve…….been……working……hard…..for……a…..loooooooooong……time. My work used to identify me, but not any more.

    • 400daystil40

      July 26, 2012 at 14:17

      Yes, that is a balance I am working on as well!

  4. Marie-Adeline

    July 26, 2012 at 16:55

    I wish I’ll be a good mommy

    • 400daystil40

      July 27, 2012 at 23:46

      Me too! Some days I am better than others.

  5. Spider42

    July 27, 2012 at 10:09

    Nice post – loved the collection of epigrams.

    Great observation about the evolution of wishes, our hopes and dreams really do grow and change as we do and our lives as a whole do. Kudos and may your ultimate dream come true some day!

    Personally, I used to have many but now my wishes tend to be in the more esoteric and bigger picture sense – not exactly in the “world peace” category, but in a more intelligent part of that vicinity. Like I would wish to evolve into something more in this lifetime itself, maybe to be able to gain a better understanding of space and time and be able to travel the additional dimensions beyond the 3 that we perceive.
    I think somewhere along the line the philosophy of “if wishes were horses…” and the idea I hold to that God (or whatever “it” might be) has created this universe of nigh-endless possibilites and as such my wishing is greedy and pointless because potentially it’s all within our reach if we choose it to be so – well, I think these have made me not inclined to just randomly wish for things just like I don’t pray. At most I’ll close my eyes and say a quick thanks when I’m in a good place in my life and thats it, hell I figure if ‘God’ is all we make him out to be, he knows how deeply I mean that and for me GOD shouldn’t require all the brou-haha that people throw into religion.

    Of course, all such things are a matter of belief so to each his own!

    • 400daystil40

      July 27, 2012 at 23:42

      Thanks for your comment! (Great, as usual!) It seems you too have had that wish evolution. 🙂

  6. walkwiththerabbi

    July 28, 2012 at 02:44

    Why give up on the talk show? Why not you? You are as worthy as anyone!!! It’s all about how badly – desperately you want it.

    • 400daystil40

      July 28, 2012 at 22:34

      Very true….. easier said than done, yet I agree with you completely!


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