Genie: a spirit of Arabian folklore, as depicted traditionally imprisoned within a bottle or oil lamp, and capable of granting wishes when summoned.
When you hear the word “genie” what comes first to your mind? WISH, right? It’s the same for me.
Imagine a genie with his magical lamp saying to you, “You have 3 wishes.” Most people would wish for a successful life, happiness and good health for their loved ones. Some would wish to be rich and famous. Some would wish for world peace. There are unlimited possibilities to what people could wish for. What about you? What would your 3 wishes be?
Here are my 3 wishes:
Genie, my first wish is, Bring my father and mother back together.
Everybody wants a complete and happy family, right? That’s one of my lifelong wishes too.
I used to call my grandparents Mama and Papa because I thought they were my parents. I remember my uncle telling me this all the time, ‘They are not your parents, why are you calling them Mama and Papa? They are my parents and you’re not my sister.’ Until one day, a lady wearing a green dress and pulling a suitcase appeared in front of me and tried to hug me, saying that she is my mother. I pushed her away and hid behind my Mama (grandma). I still remember that day very clearly. And another day, something similar happened. A man came to the house claiming to be my father. These things happened, one after another. I hated them and I didn’t acknowledge them as my parents. It was very hard for me when I learnt about it. I had a hard time accepting the truth. Because of them, I had a lot of ‘maybes and what ifs’ as I grew up. As a result, I had a hard time trusting and opening up to people. But I believe that these things happened to me for a reason and I stopped blaming them.
Genie, my second wish is, Make me very brave.
To be brave, courageous, and bold means to show no fear. A brave person is someone who shows no fear when facing danger or difficulties.
People are so manipulative and it scares me. I am tired of running. I am tired of hiding. I am tired of pretending to be the person everybody wants me to be. Scary right? Imagine yourself in this situation. Finally you have that tiny bit of courage to change, but you feel yourself suddenly succumb to fear again. And it keeps happening over and over again. You are terrified to show your weakness because you know that nobody can understand your pain as much as you do. Maybe that’s why I’m silent when I’m struggling. Maybe, maybe if I’m a bit braver, I can be the real me.
Genie, my third wish is, I want my friend to have a long and healthy life.
Have you met someone whom you just click with effortlessly?
I gave her the nickname “mushroom” because of her curly standing hair that looks like a mushroom, and she liked it. She has this not-so kind face and fierce eyes so I thought she was not the friendly type. But I was so wrong. She is the kindest and the funniest of all. The funny thing is, we don’t speak the same language. I was very shy at first to talk to her, but she said, ‘It’s alright I can understand you.’ From that day on, we became very good friends, like I’ve known her my whole life. She is my ‘one call away’ friend. I don’t need to pretend to be anyone or anything to her and I can tell her absolutely everything without being judged. She is the most selfless person in the world, who finds profound joy in the happiness of others and she deserves all the good things in life. I want her to have a long and healthy life so that she can continue to help and inspire others with her goodness. She is an inspiration.
But darling, life is not a fairytale. The reality is, it’s the opposite.
No genie. No fairies. No magic.
In this world, You’ve Got To Be Your Own Genie.
Sending fairy dust to everyone 😉