Wish it, Do it
About 9 years ago I moved to the suburban desert region of Eastern Washington State. I had moved to this area, somewhat begrudgingly, to support my husband’s career. Although I planned to make the best of it while we lived here, I pretty much wrote it off as a place where I would never find the connection, culture, and fulfillment that I had experienced living in New York City.
Shortly after we bought our first house, I went for a long meandering walk to explore my new neighborhood and came upon a garage sale. I’ve always had a weakness for treasure hunting, so I popped in to see what I could find. I was just about to leave empty handed when I noticed a box of beautifully hand painted wooden signs sitting on the floor. I thumbed past an assortment of “home sweet home”-esque messages when I encountered a sign whose message stopped me cold. It said, “Wish it, Do it.”
I excitedly bought the sign and spent the entire walk home trying to make sense of the message. I realized that I wasn’t doing anyone any good sitting around wishing for the connection, culture, and fulfillment of my life in New York. If I wanted connection, I needed to connect to people. If I wanted culture, I needed to look for it and create it. If I wanted fulfillment, I needed to figure out what that meant for me, and make it happen.
Fast forward 9 years. “Wish it, Do it.” has become my motto, and I display the sign in my office as a constant reminder. I have unearthed a wealth of culture in this little corner of the world, and have connected with a group of individuals who are as passionate as I am about making this area an amazing place to live. I’m slowly realizing what fulfillment means for me, and that this fulfillment should come from my own endeavors, regardless of where I live.