I can’t remember what site I saw this on, but thought it was interesting to see the responses. If you had one “genie wish,” what would you wish for?
I think what makes the question tough to answer is that whenever we think of a genie, there always seems to be three wishes. That’s not the case here. Before you give your answer, let’s just rule out the wish for “more wishes,” too!
Here were some of the answers given by participants in the piece I read:
The ability to be fluent in all languages – past and present
I can see where this would come in handy.
I can totally see wanting to do this! The money we’d save on gas alone would be worth it!!
Well, you knew someone would wish for money. While it would come in handy, if it were me, I’d wish for just enough to get by. No need to have boatloads of it – it is the root of all evil after all.
Time Travel/Live Life Over Again Knowing What I Know Now
These two were separate answers, but I think they both kind of are the same. The problem I have with this wish is all it would take is one major change to your life (knowing what you know now) to change the rest of it. That would mean a whole different time line, as Doc Brown illustrates in Back to the Future II.
The Power To Be Invisible At Will
This reminds me of the “I’d like to be a fly on the wall” cliché. I think the reason someone would want this power would be to be able to spy on someone primarily. Personally, I have found that I’d rather NOT know what others are saying about me…
The Power of Shapeshifting
This one goes along with the invisibility thing. As a matter of fact, the person who answered mentioned that if they could shapeshift, they would become a dog or a fly or a cat or something that would go unnoticed when getting close to whatever they wanted to observe.
The Ability to Do Everything Perfectly
Wouldn’t this get old? Sure, I can see it being nice for some things, but for EVERY thing? This just sounds like the plot line to a Twilight Zone Episode.
Free Healthcare World Wide AND A Cure for Cancer
These two were actually part of the same wish – but is it really two wishes? Anyway, Free Healthcare would be nice and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want a cure for cancer!
Knowing the Answer to Any Question
As most people know, having ALL the answers isn’t always the best thing. Sometimes it is best NOT to know all the answers. I could see where this could work for good – and bad.
Never Having to Feel Anxious or Depressed
In other words, being happy? I can relate! While most of my anxiety and depression is gone, there will occasionally be a bout now and then. It’s not easy to be happy all the time, because sometimes life throws those curveballs at you. It would certainly be nice, though, to get rid of anxiety, depression, anger, and those other emotions that bring you down.
That Every Person Holding a Position of Power Would Have Empathy For Others
Wow! Yeah, that’s a good wish.
Two more and I’ll turn it over to you. One is silly and the other struck a chord.
A Magical Fridge That Always Gave Me Whatever I Was In The Mood For When I Opened the Door
This made me laugh. I also feel like who ever had this wish wanted a whole lot of alcohollic beverages in there …
I Wish I Never Had a Reason to Wish
Let that one run around in your head for a bit. THAT is a powerful wish!
Now – What would YOU wish for if you had just one “genie wish?”