Have you ever thought about how terrifying life would be if your 12 year old self had gotten everything she ever wished for?
Imagine it… If every fantasy MASH ending had come true? It would be pretty horrifying. I mean, seriously, I think of the guys I had crushes on, the fashion trends I wished my parents would let me follow, and the type of life I thought I wanted. I cringe at what I thought I wanted as a middle schooler.
I always think about how lucky it is to have unfulfilled wishes. Unanswered prayers (for Garth Brooks fans). Unrealized dreams. It’s pretty lucky that we don’t get everything we want because if we did, we’d probably all be in the midst of some pretty messy lives.
I think that the things we do achieve in life – the goals and dreams we actually reach – are the things we really want. We work hard to earn them, we make plans to achieve them, we save money to buy them, we make habits to become them… If they’re fleeting dreams (like “omigosh, I hope that boy notices me!” or “I wanna dye my hair pink!”), then they fall by the wayside and we move on. But if they’re truly important, we keep trying until we figure them out.
Which unfulfilled wishes of yours are you most happy about not having come true?