Friday, October 21, 2011

On what I want

I want the world to be a better place for everyone in it. That's right. Everyone.

I want a job.

I want people to realize that expressions such as "the war to end all wars" are futile. Wars don't end wars. People do. If we want to end wars (and I know I do - don't you?), we need to end them ourselves.

I want lush, thick, curly, shiny, long hair.

I want the motivation to get up earlier in the morning. A job would help.

I want to have the opportunity to hang out with all my friends whenever I want.

I want snow. And then I'll want it gone again approximately ten past January.

I want an apartment in Oslo. I'm even willing to pay for it, once I get that job.

I want more nail polish than I can realistically ever hope to use. Actually, I already have that. I still want more.

I want to read a book that is well-written, optimistic without being condescending, well-reviewed but not hyped, with an exciting plot and fleshy characters. I wouldn't mind suggestions.

I want less complexity in certain areas of my life, more in other areas. Like the job part. Definitely want complexity there. I like a challenge.

I want to not cry so often when I watch the news. Not because I become tougher or the news are edited for my viewing pleasure, but because the first point on this list is achieved.

I want coffee.

I want tea.

I want to hear laughter, every day.

I want to enjoy the small things in life, even when the bigger picture is blurry.

I want the bigger picture to become less blurry, though.

I want a fairer distribution of the goods in this world. I guess that means I want the Occupy Wall Street movement to succeed, even if I haven't read enough about it to have an educated opinion of their methods. I agree with the idea that 1% of a population should not distribute the majority of the wealth, but I also see the point about big business needed as an economic engine in a society. I suppose I am mostly eager to see if the 99% can manage to shift some mindsets, as that might be the first step towards a solution.

I want solutions. For an international climate regime that actually works. For the conflict(s) in the Middle East. For the conflict(s), famine and underdevelopment in Sub-Saharan Africa. For missing funding for speedy diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients in the world's best welfare state. For economic problems in Greece, Italy, Spain. For democratic development in Syria, Yemen, Libya. For political prisoners in China. For tsunami victims in Japan. For drug war victims in Mexico. And I want them to be good solutions.  I'd demand it, but I don't know where to ask.

I want to know where to ask.

I want a free haircut. Or at the very least a cheap one.

I want peace of mind, and peace at heart.

I want all the items on this list to come true.


Jules said...

Dang, we have similar wants, well not the nail polish. A book... One fish, two fish. Dr. Seuss always makes me smile. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Raige Creations said...

oh, what a great list!
I want lots on that list too.

I want to make a want list, but fear it may just depress me with all the wants unanswered.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You've taken the first step - you made a list!

Michelle Gregory said...

i figure i can do what i can to make things better where i am right now. sometimes that's all you can do.

Kelly said...

A worthy list.

Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk was one of the best books I've read this year. Hard to recommend books for others, though.

Patricia Stoltey said...

A wonderful list, Cruella. I'd add one more wish -- no hungry children anywhere...

M.J. Nicholls said...

Well, what more could a person want? I hear Harald V is looking for someone to stand behind him in photos so it looks like he has hair. I'd get in there quick.

(And the book: Ali Smith - There but for the.) Meets all your criteria and I guarantee you would love it.

Bruce Coltin said...

I want you to write.

Danette said...

I am with you on the Nail Polish (although I don't have much but I would take more than I have more for sure)

Occupy: I would be out there with them if I weren't afraid it wouldn't cost me my job. I have read their website and complaints. There are no demands at this point to drive anyone away. They are a highly democratic organization (as I was reminded this week) and they are preparing to have a convention to become more organized, I think. They are just voicing discontent which is fair enough for now.

Try 'Oranges are not the Only Fruit'. Semi-biographical, it's laugh out-loud hilarious but outrageous and the main character is an amazing girl.

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