When Wishes Backfire

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Article by Wendy McCance

Have you ever thought about the wishes you make?  Sometimes a wish doesn’t end up as fabulous as what you had imagined.

Can you relate to this list?  Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Wishes that backfired.  An ironic list.

1.  Getting your dream home…it’s far away from everyone you are close to.

2.  Working from home to be with the kids…the kids don’t understand that you still need to work.

3.  Saving up to get your hair cut and colored…it’s not a good look for you.

4.  Getting rid of the minivan for that cool sports car…realizing just how convenient having a minivan really was.

5.  Bringing home a new fluffy kitten…the kitten tears up the house with its nails.

6.  Going to that restaurant you have been dying to try out…it’s a busy night and the food is sub par.

7.  Splurging on an incredible bottle of wine…the wine is corked.

8.  Counting down the years before the kids are more independent…the house is much too quiet and the kids aren’t around as much.

9.  Landing a dream client…the client isn’t such a dream after all.

10.  Making more money…accumulating more bills.

11.  Reconnecting with a friend you missed…remembering why you lost touch.

12.  Looking forward to the day the kids read their own stories…missing reading to the kids.

13.  Deciding to give up smoking…the day you quit becomes the most stressful day you’ve had in a long time.

14.  Excited to plant flowers you have always wanted to have in your garden…the flowers die.

15.  Getting a day to relax…feeling too jumpy to enjoy relaxing.

16.  Buying beautiful dishes…they chip easily.

17.  Saving up for gorgeous shoes…the shoes give you blisters.

18.  Trying to make everyone else happy…you are not happy.

19.  Trying to do it all…stretching yourself too thin.

20.  Envy for another person…realizing it is only the image they present that you envy.

Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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7 thoughts on “When Wishes Backfire

  1. Good list — One could probably add lots to it, too. Like finally becoming part of the IN Group” and then finding out you really hate the attitudes of the IN Group.
    You might have entitled this “Life’s Lessons.” We chase after something and finally get it — and learn that things/people/associations/locations don’t make us happy for long.

  2. Hahaha — isn’t that just the way it goes, Wendy. But, what I see in your list is balance (or see-saw) — no, balance. We give so much hype to things and getting them that when we finally arrive or get what we want, it still isn’t satisfying. Happiness is a state of being — that’s where the work begins.

    Food for thought — what do you think?

      • You’re right, Wendy — it is ironic how those things seem to happen once we think we have what we want. I’m glad to hear life is good and going well for you. So true that life is never perfect and what’s ironic is that I don’t know if we’d ever realize it if it were. It’s probably not meant to be — that’s the beauty of it. 🙂

  3. Wendy, this is going to sound a little weird, but, I envy no one, not even the images, things and stuff that “look good” or “look great”. I am all right with and in my own skin, sure there are always ups and downs outside of me and this and that to deal with, but there is no envy here, only patience, understanding and tolerance. But, how can I describe myself? Well, I’ll use those words they described me with in school as a kid, “inapporopriately insufferable” or as a few knowledgable friends have said comparing me to Ayn Rand’s heroes, “look out Howard Roark, John Galt, and Equality/Prometheus (the lead character in Anthem) here comes Josh Clayton.” I don’t really care about what others think and I do not care about “being important”, here is the really weird part: I only care about what I realistically want, and that is happiness. Also, what I want for myself, I want for everyone as “Golden Rule” Sam Jones late mayor of Toledo, Ohio once said when he was alive. To be honest, all I care about is genuine happiness, the rest can go somewhere.

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