Why do we persist in wishing away our own lives?

Most of us want to live. In fact most of us would do almost anything to stay alive. But at the same time we have a tendency to wish our lives away.

‘After I’ve finished school things will be better.’
‘I can’t wait until I’m out of education.’
‘I just need to get these few years out of the way, and then I can do a job I actually enjoy.’
‘I can’t even remember what rest feels like. We’ll get more when the kids go to university.’
‘Just 3 more years until retirement. I wish they’d go faster.’

‘I wish I was young again.’

Why do we do this? Might there ever come a time when we don’t?

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