During my 13th birthday years ago, I made a wish to have the first ever released “Air Jordan” shoes.
In those days in the Philippines, when you wished to own an “Air Jordans”, you might as well wish for the moon. (This is where the Filipino phrase “Suntok sa buwan” comes from.) In the first place, the “Air Jordans” were only sold in the US market. Second, it will cost you a fortune just to own a pair.
So when I made my birthday wish, I knew that as a high school student who does not even have a job, I should not even bother to work towards owning one (at least not in the immediate future). I was just wishing that some generous soul (like my Ninong who lives in the states) would give me one.
That’s a wish — a desire you have without any expectation on your part that you should even strive to work for it.
A dream, on the other hand, is a totally different matter.
Dreams are more powerful.
They are meant to be aimed for. They drive you to get up in the mornings and work late at night. They push you beyond your physical limits. They inspire you to excel and be better everyday. They squeeze your energy but they energize you in the process. They trigger you to fly. They propel you to soar.
Don’t mistake your dreams for your wishes.
When you identify a desire as a dream and not just a wish, be ready to work for it.
You see, wishes make you smile. But dreams make you fly!