Dear Genie:

I have received your offer of three (3) wishes. I must say that I find it difficult to believe I would be awarded such a “gift,” much less that the “gift” doesn’t come with a very high price.

I have thought about my three (3) wishes, and have avidly discarded a multitude of possibilities. Here are my top three finalists:

1. I wish I were more forthcoming about my feelings.

2. I wish the people around me would be more willing to chase their dreams.

3. I wish I would have followed my path to an SJD beginning in 2004.

Wishes are just wanting things to be different. I, like almost everyone else, do want things to be different, but I don’t want to be different. I want to be just who I am, and that means that everything that is and has been, had to take place. I had and have to experience all that life has sent my way. Therefore, as much as I would wish for you to grant my three (3) wishes, I would rather you grace someone else’s life with them. I am sure there is someone else in this world who never had a chance to have the kind of life that I have lived, maybe s/he would wish for a second chance at the life they would have liked to have and the person they would have liked to have become. 

I may not be where I always thought I would be at this point. I may not be the exact person I thought I would be at this point. But, I certainly am the kind of person I have always wanted to be, me. That has been my sole goal in life, to be me – plain and simple, though I am neither. 

I share my wishes with you, and pass on the opportunity nonetheless. In a sense, I have fulfilled my very own first wish myself. I can’t go back in time, but most definitely I can achieve my wishes on my own. 

Thanks again.