“What makes the difference between wishing and realizing our wishes? Lots of things, and it may take months or years for wish to come true, but it’s far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you’ll do all you can to make it happen.” Fred Rogers
According to Wikipedia (One of my favorite sites) they mention the following: “Magical possibilities aside, the act of formulating a wish can be beneficial. The wisher has an opportunity to identify what they most desire of all the things in the world. Often, wishing is a time for first becoming aware of a previously-unarticulated hope. Once identified, these hopes can become personal goals.
Children in Western society are taught to wish from a young age, yet the ethics of teaching children to wish can be a gray area. When presented with the prospect of ‘wishing for anything’, a child is likely to misinterpret the reality surrounding desire and longing. Whereas most adults understand that the underlying theme of a wish is to articulate hope and to identify goals, a child often does not understand reality enough to distinguish between what is fantasy and what is reality. This miscommunication may result in a false sense of security, followed by an unfulfilled wish and disappointment. The miscommunication may also inspire a child’s distrust after being hurt.”
I find interesting the thoughts of both Fred and Wikipedia to be very true. The big difference is Fred’s thought brings hope and a better expectation for the future. Fred helps me to see that just because I wished for a Red Lamborghini Countach since I was old enough to know what sports car is doesn’t mean that someday if I really want it (the key word) and work for it I could have it. Although my goals have changed from this pretty car, to more practical ones; the principle of wishing and turning those wishes into reality is true no matter how old you get. Fred is right.. “You learn something old every day.”