I’ve been trying to find the right words to write this for weeks. I’m not so sure I’ve found those words yet, but I’ll try. Nearly every day, I hear people say: “I wish ______”, “I hope ______”, “I want ______”, etc. People are quick to think of material things that they want. They’re quick to think of things that they want at a specific point in time. While I was struggling to write this, I asked my friends to tell me what they would want if they could have absolutely ANYTHING in the entire world. I expected to get a ton of responses from people saying they wished they could have infinite money, multiple large houses, expensive cars, etc. I was a bit surprised though. I only got a few responses, and nearly everything listed was mentioned with the big picture in mind. The responses were the things I was hoping to get for responses.
I have given this a lot of thought over a lengthy period of time. Here is my list. Here is what I want in life:
Love… real, true, lifelong love.
Happiness… endless, genuine happiness.
Financial security… I don’t want to be ridiculously rich, I just want to comfortably enjoy life.
Good health… I don’t wish I could go through life without my disability, it’s a big part of who I am. I just want to be as healthy as I can be in the situation I am in.
Peace of mind… I want to close my eyes and drift off to sleep every night without any worries or regrets.
That is five things. How does this compare to your list? I want to be loved, happy, comfortable, healthy, and relaxed. I don’t think that is too much to ask for. If you really take the time to think about the things that would make your life perfect, what will you choose?
I am a very happy, positive person. My life isn’t perfect, but I’m pretty fortunate compared to a lot of people in this world. I don’t get carried away wishing for things, and I think that is a big part of why I’m so happy. I don’t worry very much about the things I don’t have. I don’t wish for unrealistic things. I wish for the things that I am working toward. I am actively trying to make the things that I want happen. I have experienced life enough to know that things will fall into place when they’re supposed to fall into place, not when I want them to fall into place.
If you get everything you hope for, will it really make your life better?