My Wishful Thinking List

A fellow writer wrote a beautiful blog on “My Wish List” and as I read her piece, something inside stirred me along with her challenge to write a wish list of my own.  I thought, “why not?”  This fits in perfectly in my year of turning 50.  Reflecting back, here are a few standouts that I remember fondly:

 

1. I don’t recall what happened to my nanny home tutor.  I wish I had stayed in touch with her more often while growing up.  I don’t know whether my mother sent her back to her home province or if she left because she had to.  Looking back, I wish I knew the reason why.

 

2. I wish I had the courage to look up at the trees.  If I did, what would I have seen?  As soon as it started to get dark, I’d run home in fear.  My sensitivities as a child were high and I always felt invisible presences around me.  Someone or something was looking down on me as I ran home.  How I wish I had the bravery to look up!  

 

3. I wish I had kept my gemstone collection.  I was way ahead of my time then!  I came home from college and living abroad after 5 years and developed a fascination for the occult and the mystic world.  My own family couldn’t figure me out and had trouble accepting my weirdness.  In anger and frustration, I gave them all away.  What a treasure I had then!

 

4. I wish I had more time and opportunity to get to know my grandparents from both sides of the family.  Growing up, both grandfathers were already ill.   My grandmother on my father’s side was very attentive and caring however, I felt distanced from her.  If I could go back in time, the first thing I’d do is sit beside her, hold her hand and talk to her.

 

5. I never had a proper college graduation.  I graduated off-season and never marched on stage to get my diploma.  It was simply mailed to me.  I never wore a toga and never had the opportunity to throw my cap into the air.  I wonder what it would have felt like?

 

There are so many things one always wishes for.  It’s good to spring clean the mind too.  These are five good thoughts and wishes worth remembering!

 

Comments 7

 
Stephen Evans on Saturday, 26 July 2014 01:50

I often find myself looking back - I like your way, wistful (or wishful).

I often find myself looking back - I like your way, wistful (or wishful).
Orna Raz on Saturday, 26 July 2014 08:09

What a lovely topic and beautiful writing:-) Fifty promises a great decade of reflection and joy. I can say that as I prepare for my 60th birthday in December. Happy birthday!

What a lovely topic and beautiful writing:-) Fifty promises a great decade of reflection and joy. I can say that as I prepare for my 60th birthday in December. Happy birthday!
Virginia M Macasaet on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:36

Orna, please share what turning 60 onwards will be like when you arrive. As you know, I do love reading your stories!

Orna, please share what turning 60 onwards will be like when you arrive. As you know, I do love reading your stories!
Katherine Gregor on Saturday, 26 July 2014 09:22

Thank you for sharing these regrets, Rina. Of course, some of them perhaps cannot be changed. But could you still make some of these wishes come true? I hope you can.

Thank you for sharing these regrets, Rina. Of course, some of them perhaps cannot be changed. But could you still make some of these wishes come true? I hope you can.
Virginia M Macasaet on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:38

Oh no... I didn't mean to sound regretful. I had a very good and blessed childhood, not perfect but still very grateful. I can turn these around and create happy wishes! :-)

Oh no... I didn't mean to sound regretful. I had a very good and blessed childhood, not perfect but still very grateful. I can turn these around and create happy wishes! :-)
Ken Hartke on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 04:43

I'm in my 7th decade. To say it that way makes me feel old sometimes. I've been looking back recently as I approach a couple milestone dates. I wish I had learned to play a musical instrument. My brief encounter with the clarinet didn't amount to much. In a lot of ways, if I had made different choices I wouldn't be where and who I am today and I must admit that I'm mostly content with it all.

I'm in my 7th decade. To say it that way makes me feel old sometimes. I've been looking back recently as I approach a couple milestone dates. I wish I had learned to play a musical instrument. My brief encounter with the clarinet didn't amount to much. In a lot of ways, if I had made different choices I wouldn't be where and who I am today and I must admit that I'm mostly content with it all.
Virginia M Macasaet on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:40

You are quite right Ken. I am where I am today because of the experiences I have been through. I really wouldn't want to change anything, if I did, I may not even be a writer today.

You are quite right Ken. I am where I am today because of the experiences I have been through. I really wouldn't want to change anything, if I did, I may not even be a writer today.
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