#60 Wish – ‘OK, I Give Up’

When I was 10 I wished I was in my teens, I wanted to be older. Being 10 was kind of this no mans land between being a child and the path to adulthood. 3 years later I did it, I really did it. I made it to my teenager years – of course it was the wrong end of the teenage years. Now wished I was 17 or 18, or dare I say it, 19. How amazing that would be. Feel free to call me a higher achiever, because you know what? I did that as well, 5 years later I was 18. Finally an adult, the world was at my feet…

The problem was though, no one really took me seriously. I needed to be older. 21 exactly. That is what I needed. 21 years old and then I can really do what I want and people will take me seriously. I battled through and, did absolutely nothing to contribute to the passing of time until finally, I made it; 21. Nope. I was wrong. 25 must be the age. Definitely. 25 is the age I need.

OK, you get the idea.

I seem to have spent my first quarter century on Earth wishing my time away. Then when I spoke to older people, they all wished they could go back to being younger. So what can we conclude from this? Well, for a start we are terrible wishers. Had I met a genie when I was 10 I would have used all three wishes and been 21 wishing I had another wish. Or alternatively, I would have wished to be 25, to then be told that being a kid is better, so I’d have to waste another wish going back. Then I’d have one wish left to decide between world peace or the white Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers action figure. I’d then be left to deal with the fallout when the world inevitably saw me battling Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa.

Needless to say I’m now 28 and I’ve retired from wishing. I have certainly learned not to wish away time. Time is something we can never give back and today was a prime example of why I’d never wish* it away again.

I’m sick right now – which, incidentally, is quickly becoming my default mode. Being sick means I get to stay home and hangout with my equally sick girlfriend. Contrary to normal sick days, it was a lovely day. We lay watching TV shows, having deep conversations, laughing and eating lots of none nutritional food*. Even if I hadn’t retired from wishing, I would not have wished this sickness away. It is the best sick day I’ve ever had, I couldn’t have wished for more*.


*I’ve now typed the word wish so many times that it is now just a noise. Wisshhhhhhh.

*Just can’t figure out why I’m so sick all the time.

*See what I did there?


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  1. Buffy Devane

    Living fully in every single day… is there any bigger, better way to live? 🙂

    As an aside, I always said I wanted to be over 30: that was my constant ambition from about age 9; I was essentially born with a middle-aged mentality — so being over 30 [no matter how much] pretty much fits my personality. 🙂

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      1. Buffy Devane

        Haha as a kid I wanted to be ‘wise’ as an adult… that was the full length and depth of my aims(!) [School’s career counsellor wasn’t happy with me.] Still some considerable way off wisdom, but it’s an eternal reaching for the stars, therefore a good thing…

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  2. Cairtheand

    Funny, as a teen my biggest ambition used to be being 17. Something about that age would impress people, I thought. They´d be amazed.

    23 actually worked for me (I pretty much thought I was awesome and I was under the impression that young people rule the world). After 27 I started to long for my thirties, and yet people still consistently read me as much younger.

    The funny thing is that although I´ve reached the age wish, I consistently feel as though I´m 14. So perhaps you could say that time traveling happens all the time!

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      1. theanxiouslifeblog

        He is my favorite author. Last unicorn is my fav movie, book, and graphic novel. I got to watch the movie with him in the theater he had a long Q&A time. He also did a meet and greet and signed everything you had or bought. I never thought I would meet him. He is the nicest man. It was better than any girl could dream. He was the reason for my first wish of living in a world where unicorns were real.

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