Live Electric

prioritizing wants

by Michele Redmon

Imagine that you find a magic lamp. (You know it’s magic because it’s old and gold and you’ve seen Aladdin like 100 times.) You rub it and out pops a Genie who tells you that you can have one wish right then or all three wishes in ten years. What would you choose?

If you’re anything like me you would immediately wish for a large sum of money rather than planning carefully for the next ten years and making all three wishes count.

I wanted to vacation in Thailand but rather than save up I kept buying throw pillows and shoes. I wanted to be debt free but was still using credit cards to buy new clothes every time someone posted something cute on Instagram and I got jealous. I wanted to lose a few pounds but I didn’t want to go to the gym. I had nickel and dimed myself straight into discontentment because I couldn’t be content to work for a bigger payoff. I wanted all the things right now.

That’s all well and good when you’re young and a naïve but as you get older you find that your childish attitude is actually pretty damaging, and to no one more than yourself. Even after you have the sober realization that you need to prioritize your wants, it’s really hard to stick to it when everyone around you is saying, “Live in the now!” and advertisements proclaim, “Life is short… buy the shoes!” You have to be a smarter animal than most to look towards the future and place significant experiences above things, sacrificing gratification now to get a greater reward later.

So think about what you want—really want—out of this life and don’t let anything else get in your way. It may be hard and it may take time but if you want it bad enough then isn’t it worth the work? The ad execs got it partially right… life IS short, so fill it with experiences that make you feel electric: Wild, challenging adventures that make you excited to be alive and hungry to thrive.

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American expat living in Japan. Military wife and mother of two adorable boys and one temperamental cat. She blogs at www.nomodellady.com, where shares a little bit of everything, including life overseas, family, health, fitness, fashion and more! She's been featured on Huffington Post, Babble and now ...love Maegan!! * Find Michele on Instagram at NoModelLady

3 Comments

  • Guest

    January 29, 2014 |

    Many of life’s beautiful experiences are free. We (Well, I) have to make it a point to look around and see the beauty that surrounds us, or is very nearby within driving distance. It’s never too late to open our eyes and be interested in what our world around us has to offer. Well, enough philosophizing for now……….Love the beautiful colors of nature in the photo. Inspiration for a décor theme.

  • Joana

    January 29, 2014 |

    I would make my wishes count! Yes life might be short and we should do the things we love but some things require time and patience and you can’t have them right away, those things are the ones worth fighting for 🙂

    http://vintageloyal.blogspot.pt/

  • drollgirl

    January 31, 2014 |

    omfg. i have this issue!!!! my place is currently being repainted, and i want to re-do/re-decorate EVERYTHING! i am frantic to make it fabulous and to get it done quickly! i can hardly sleep at night because i obsess on it so much! BUT i am trying to make myself CALM DOWN ALREADY and take it one step at a time. it is so easy to get wrapped up in what we need and want FAST, and ignore the long-term shit that is important.

    ALSO, i’d love to eat more yet weigh less. THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE, as my waistline can prove! yeesh