Do you get jealous when someone’s wish is granted? Just a little?
Why can’t I be one of the richest couples in the world?
Why can’t Marie Kondo come to my house to make it life-changing-ly tidy?
Why can’t my baby be as adorable as hers?
You don’t have to tell us. But as much as we strive to be positive and encouraging, sometimes it pinches just a little when someone else gets their wish.
So today let’s look at some wishes that turned out to be bad news.
Wish-failure: King Midas.
Everything he touches turns to gold. That’s a great thing, until he gets hungry. Until his precious daughter gives him a kiss on the cheek.
A solid gold daughter.
Wish-failure: The Beach Boys singing, “I wish they all could be California girls.”
(This is too well written for us to do anything but copy directly from the clever blog post “Wishes that Backfire” by writer suesspiciousminds.)
Take the Beach Boys lyric - of course any girl could be a California girl, simply by moving to California. Every female would become a "California girl", probably wrecking the local infrastructure and irretrievable breaking the San Andreas fault, and sending their beloved State into the ocean.
There are now no girls in China, India, or Brazil, or anywhere else. This leaves the population of those places to riot, cease work, and eventually die out, and there's no production of any of the world's vital resources, because every female living on the planet is in California, who will now have no chocolate, or coffee, or alcohol, or rice, or meat. Life in California will be crowded, and bereft of life's essentials. Everywhere else would be half-empty and bereft of life's essentials. Let us hope that none of the Beach Boys ever come across a genie in a bottle.
As true California girls, we're pleading with you. Don't let this happen!
Wish-Failure: Sick Days
Have you ever sent your kid to school, hoping they weren’t really sick? Did you regret it?
Yes. And yes.
Wish-Failure: Pets are Good For Us
You wish you had a pet, then your husband brings home a wild and crazy kitten. Or worse.
Wish-Failure: Time for Friends
You wish you had time to reconnect with old friends, and once you do, you remember why you lost touch to begin with.
Sad, but true.
Wishing and yearning is all well and good. Striving to better ourselves is the American way.
Just remember to be gracious towards others who get their wish. It could be you.
It could be better it’s not you!
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