Prepare for rant... I gave you blogporn so the least you can do is read a little personal drivel.
I have very little patience with "I wish..." I'm not one to engage in that sort of dreaming. I guess that in general I'm pretty satisfied with my life as it is. That's something to be thankful, I suppose. Not that it wouldn't be nice to win a million dollars or something, but I just don't see the point in wishing for things like that. I mean, wouldn't everyone like to win a million dollars? Is wishing going to bring it one iota closer to reality?
I think what it may come down to is that I'm a very practical person. My father-in-law said something like that about me a few weeks ago. I think it was the first time I ever heard him say something deep and sort of revelatory like that. For the most part, I tend to think he's a little on the loopy side. That one thing, though, he got dead on right. I am for the most part very no-nonsense, not especially sentimental, very practical. Very real.
Now, there are numerous downsides to that. It might make me a little unsympathetic from time to time. I think it definitely makes me a poor listener. I am lousy at small talk because I'm not interested in all the petty details of other people's lives. At the same time, I'm not going to bore you with my vacation slides. I'm not interested in you, but I have no illusions that you're interested in me either.
The upside though is that I don't waste a lot of time wishing for things. If it's something I can actually bring about then maybe I'll do it, but if I have no control over it then I'm not going to waste my time.
See? Told you it would be drivel. Yeah, I know... I just got through saying that I don't bother people with the petty details of my life and I've now spent about 300 words doing just that. Inconsistency is one of the defining characteristics of the human experience. Yeah, feel free to use that one. Throw it into your 8th grade term paper. Your teacher will think your mom wrote it for you.