Wishing for something to come into our lives is a great place to start because this is where the inspiration comes in. However, the question we must ask ourselves is how much control do we have over making our wish come true? If it’s winning the lottery, then all we can do is buy a ticket – we wish it will be the winning ticket, but that key piece is left in the hands of fate. On the other hand, what if your wish is for a job you love to work in, an amazing place to visit, a successful business to run, or even a book to write. If these remain wishes in our heads, then that is where they will stay. Yes, they are protected from the judgment or criticism of others and safe from the possibility of failing. However, I want to invite you to imagine for a moment – don’t worry, we’re still just in our heads – imagine that you could actually make your wish a reality. Who would you become?
You should be aware of the side effects that occur when people start to put a wish into action. They include an increased amount of mental and physical energy, a realization that the world doesn’t actually end when you make a mistake, and a renewed love of lifelong learning.
Some of our wishes are not small or trivial. If they were, we would be making them happen on a daily basis. It’s the big wishes that require courage and resilience to bring into the world. On a personal note, I had a wish when I was eleven years old living in the UK. It was my first trip abroad – five blissfully wonderfully weeks in Canada with my family. Over the years, I carried the memories of the mountains, the wide-open spaces, the fun-filled days at the lake, and camping near bear traps in Banff. It remained just a wish to live in Canada – until I grew up. After a lengthy and rigorous process I made it happen and I have now lived in Canada for twenty years.
The reason I share my story is to highlight that you don’t have to make a wish happen overnight. I once heard someone say that we should never die with a song still inside us. Well, we could say the same about our wishes. If you have a wish right now inside of you, what is it? If you do, then perhaps it’s time to release it. You could start by writing it down – at least it’s released, if only on paper. The next step is up to you. Let it stay on that piece of paper, never to happen for you, or continue writing beneath it – what you need to do to make it happen – then make it happen.