I posted a couple of days ago, posing the question “What would you wish for, if granted three wishes?”. This is a follow-up to share what my wishes would be. There were a few replies so I’m very grateful and it’s beautiful to see a lot of selflessness in the wishes shared. It’s also interesting to see that a few people would wish away their pain or the equivalent thereof as I would be inclined to do the same. I’ve thought long and hard about this and finally come to a conclusion on my three wishes. I will tell you what they are and go on to explain why I chose each one.
1st Wish: I would wish away my anxiety and depression. This is a bit of a selfish opener from me but it would be the top of my list just now if I’m being truly honest with myself. The amount of time I have spent being anxious, scared and ruminating over almost 38 years of life is obviously immeasurable but fairly vast. I’ve been hyper-sensitive since my childhood on account of my biological father being an abusive drunk and then being bullied really badly for years when he finally abandoned us. As self-centred as it is, I would not take away my past in any way, I would purely only take away the mental health scars and issues left by such events. I wouldn’t want anything else to change because it makes me who I am but I wish I could have lived a life without these things either wiping me out or lurking in the background, making me wonder when they’ll decide to jump out on me.
2nd Wish: I would wish for health and happiness for all of my friends and family. This is a little bit of a selfish and non-selfish wish this one. It’s selfish in the way that I am only wishing for health and happiness for people I know. While I want all this for everyone in their own lives, I specifically want it for my loved ones as they are the people closest to me and I would see them benefit from this. We all go through challenges in life and I think some of my family and friends appear to have been through more than most. That’s easy for me to say as you never really know what others go through but I just want the best lives for those around me. They’re the people that have supported me, loved me, cared for me and been there through all the many ups and downs. I feel like this is the best thing I could wish for in return for all of these things they’ve done. Health and happiness is more important than money or possessions, easily.
3rd Wish: I would wish for the entire world to drop ancient grudges, prejudices and hatred towards each other. This one is a bit of a no-brainer and also sounds like a bit of a corny wish if I am honest. I can imagine it sounding a bit like a Miss World contestant wishing for world peace but I don’t actually care. Carl Sagan, amongst others, made mention of how small our planet actually is and the important thing to remember is that we’re all from this world and we’re all made up of the very same things the planet is too. We should take care of ourselves and our world and work together to make sure it’s a place for our species to survive in for as long as is allowed by the cosmos. I realise that one day, the decision to survive will be taken out of our hands (by natural selection) but while we have a choice, the choice should be to work together in everything. Help your fellow human, spread “wealth” so that others may live a little easier and some less largely, be kind to everyone. We all go through so many difficult things in life and if we all pulled together, every impact would be softened in one way or another. Unfortunately, it seems like human nature to compete and aim to be the best on some level or another so I can’t see it happening organically. Maybe one day, the threat of impending extinction could change that but I don’t imagine anything else being a spark for this type of metamorphosis of approach.
So, there we have it. Three wishes for three very different reasons. Thank you to those who responded and to anyone who fancies responding after reading this, please feel free. I am always interested to see what people would wish for and I expect more selfless answers.