|Wishes do come true.|
Yesterday I’ve read this post, and it inspired me to say something on the subject of the wishes.
Wishes do come true.
There’s a catch, though. They don’t come true out of the blue; you do have to do some work. You also have to be careful what you wish for.
My wish was to be able to survive from writing. I was told it was impossible to do in Serbia, small country, small language, there’s no money in it… And yet, I’ve managed to do exactly that. For seven years, I’ve been writing for a living (it ended about a year ago). My wish did come true.
However, there was work involved. When choosing University, I’ve chosen to study dramaturgy (writing for theater, for television, screenplays…), because, at the time, it was the only place in my country where I could learn about writing, where I would be required to write and the professors and other students would read it. In terms of money, it was not a profitable choice; in terms of later employment, it almost guaranteed I would stay unemployed. But writing was my wish.
After getting my diploma, it was working this and that, applying here and there, until I started getting contracts to write. When I did start getting contracts, since the pay was low, it meant I had to write a LOT. Day after day, week after week, month after month. If I wanted to go to a vacation, no problem — I just had to write all that stuff in advance (think being required to write about 100 articles per month, every single month, and doing it in considerably less than a month if you wanted to go to a vacation). But hey, my wish to write for a living did come true.
That is, my wish to be able to survive from writing — now we come to the be careful what you wish for part. I was able to survive, yes. If I worked as much as I said, I was able to survive. There was no getting rich, popular, famous, there was surviving.
I’m not complaining. I got my wish, and I loved it. I didn’t want to get rich, famous, popular, I just wanted to be able to survive from writing, and that is exactly what I got.
So I can tell, from my own experience, that wishes do come true. It’s not easy, and the outcome of the wish might surprise you, but they do come true, and give you a great ride.