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Make a Wish for the Rest of Your Life

by Ron Kurtus (revised 22 May 2014)

Have you ever thought about what you would like to do for the rest of your life? Do you have a purpose or direction in life?

This is important for young people to define a goal or purpose in their lives. But this is also important for people nearing retirement, because it is never too late to do worthwhile things in your life, as well as to do what you really want to do.

Questions you may have include:

This lesson will answer those questions.

Problem in defining goals

The problem is that it is really difficult for many people to define what they really want in life. Sure, you are supposed to set goals and all that stuff, but how can you set goals is you don’t know what you want?

Being able to define a specific goal gets you half the way toward achieving that goal. What you want cannot be something vague, but for some reason as you get older you tend to get more vague in your desires.

Perhaps looking at what children do will help solve this problem.

Look at Make-a-Wish Foundation

One solution to this problem is to look at the Make-a-Wish Foundation. This is an organization that tries to satisfy the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. For example, they may get a chance to go to Disney World, meet their favorite actor, or fly in a jet fighter.

Although it is not a pleasant idea, put yourself in such a situation as these children are in. And suppose the Make-a-Wish Foundation would satisfy your final wish. What would that wish be?

What are your wishes?

Would you want to travel somewhere to see some man-made or natural marvel? How about going around the world, or visiting the Grand Canyon, or seeing the Pyramids?

Be famous?

Would you want to have a chance to be famous for 15 minutes? How about being on stage, singing with the Rolling Stones? Or performing in Carnegie Hall? Or how about being featured in a movie?

Do activity?

Is there some activity you would love to be able to do? Would you like to play in a professional football game?

Meet someone famous?

Is there someone you would like to meet and talk to? Who would you like to talk to? The President? Some famous movie star?

Achieve the difficult?

Is there some challenge you would like to overcome or great achievement to make? How about sky diving? Climb Mt. Everest?

Solve global problem?

What about solving some major world problem? Remember—you can do anything you wish in this scenario. Discover a cure for AIDS. Stop racial discrimination. Provide a method to reduce world poverty.


Think in terms of what you would ask for in Make-a-Wish. It might help in defining your own dreams.

Also, if you support the Make-a-Wish Foundation, you might help a youngster with a life-threatening condition, as well as feel you made a difference.

Make your own wish

Resources and references

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Make-a-Wish Foundation

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