#71 Making a wish

Blowing out candles is pressure.

Lights are off, song is over, and a standing circle of everyone you know crowds around as you sit facing a giant cake covered in a flaming forest of candles. Someone screams for you to make a wish and you’ve suddenly got two seconds to think of something good before blowing spit all over dessert …

Whether it’s seconds before a birthday blowout, the moment you see a shooting star, or that quick wish before whisking an eyelash away, it doesn’t really matter if your dream comes true.

All that matters is that you’re suddenly forced to stop, slow down, and take a step back to think about where you are, how you’re doing, and what you need. For a brief moment you stand still in this spinning world and let your thoughts wash right over you.

So wish for a kiss, wish for a wedding, wish for a bike, or just wish for more


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42 responses to “#71 Making a wish

  1. Simone

    oh no!
    My birthday isn’t until July, and by then It will be too late to wish for 1000 more awesome things straight after this countdown runs out!

  2. Tom

    How’d you know it was my birthday today, Neil? Thanks! :)

  3. klalota

    Just wishing for more awesome!

  4. Laura

    Neil, the people have spoken. We the people … wish for infinite AWESOME!

    It’s up to you to deliver. ;)
    No pressure, though.

  5. Forgot when you blow on a dandelion. :)

  6. Sara Mc

    My 6 year old daughter asked me last night why when she wishes on stars her wishes don’t come true. It broke my heart that someone so young could be so jaded. I still believe wishes on stars can come true and I’m 37!

  7. wendy

    Look at the shiney wishes in those starry eyes, heading straight for the heart; shooting high in the skies!
    Unlike Pink Floyd’s reference to, “Time”, there are endless more extraordinary Awesome things, to say! I’ll take a slice of spit covered cake any day, rather than see this all fade away.
    “Makes no difference who you are” ~ “There can be miracles, when you believe” ~ “Make a wish” ~ “An ordinary miracle,” may come our way!

  8. Somewhere

    It’s spectacular when you actually see a huge scattering of stars in the sky…and then you see a shooting star. A real one, not another airplane just casually carrying people in the air and crushing your hopes at the same time.

  9. Olivia

    One of my favorite posts, just great. :)

  10. Thank you Wendy for that clip, that song always makes me well up. It’s so beautiful.
    1000 Awesome – perhaps when the countdown finishes it could be 1000 Amazing! or 1000 Insane! Make it what you want!!! ;o)

  11. wendy

    By George, I think I’ve got it! Let’s have a universal collective conscious panic attack! That might shake some snot pickin’ sense into Neil!
    Ok. Ok. With a sweeter attitude, awareness and with authenticity, how about we make a universal collective conscious wish! When you read this count back from 3-2-1~AND WISH FOR MORE AWESOME!

  12. Elizabeth

    I always just wish to be happy–nothing specific. That way, if the bread comes out of the oven just right or there is a beautiful sunset, my wish has come true for at least a few moments, despite the fact there is so much pain in my life.

    • Florence

      I’m sorry for your pain.
      I have wished the very same thing since I was very small. I think it’s the way to be…happy:)
      p.s. I think you have a pretty name. I’ll bet it’s fun to write~ Elizabeth!

  13. Florence

    I think it’s really awesome how there appear to be 16 candles on the cake but in the birthday boy’s eye glasses there’s a reflection of the …”and many more!”

  14. It’s even MORE awesome if the wish comes true!

  15. I still make a wish on the first star that pops out at night

  16. i never thought about how blowing a candle blows spit…. ewww

  17. Sera

    Haha. This post was made on my birthday!

  18. Mariana V Takeda

    When you make a wish is like you could see the future. You just use your imagination to pretend that it will really happen, such as in a fairy tale.
    In our mind, doesn’t matter if it is something apparently impossible because, at that moment, the hope that it becomes a reality is a unique feeling.
    In the end, everybody can desire everything and “drink” a simple sup of all “magical” dreams, not just blowing out a candle. Then, we can see that the awesome thing is be happy with this short phrase: Make a wish.

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