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“If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.” ― Lev Grossman, The Magicians

I think there’s a big difference between wishes and goals. Wishes are things that we dream about, goals are things that we work toward. And yes, sometimes wishes can be goals, but at least in my personal life there’s a big distinction. Do I wish for one night with Chris Evans and/or Chris Pine? Sure. Who doesn’t? But I know that that’s unrealistic and never going to happen. That’s a wish. A goal? To be a store leader in the next three years. Now that’s something that I can work toward, something that’s achievable.

It takes a lot to move something from the wish category to the goal. For me it has to be something I can actually accomplish, and the biggest thing is that I start working for it. Once upon a time I wished that I could get my bachelor’s degree. I had dropped out of college, was working a dead-end job, and had a hard time seeing anything positive in the future. Then I made the decision to make that wish into a goal. I got my ducks in a row and went back to school, where I worked my ass off for three and a half years.

Another wish I once had was mental stability. For a long time my mood and mental state was all over the place. I was not in a good place. On no planet could I have been considered any kind of stable. But I made the decision to work for it, take therapy and my meds seriously, and go for it. And while I’m not perfect, I’m a lot fucking better than I was.

I guess that my point is that most things that the average person wishes for can be achieved with a little (lot of) hard work and determination. As Walt Disney said, “if you can dream it, you can do it.” You just have to put your mind to it and work at it.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES AM I ENCOURAGING ANYONE TO STALK ANY OF THE CHRISES.

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