Do you remember when you were younger, ever making a wish, and tying it to the ribbon of a balloon, and letting it float away to somewhere else; hoping upon all hope that it would end up in the hands of a magic wand bearer, and that your wish would someday come true?
It might’ve been a new bicycle, a baby brother or sister, or even (in my case) ice cream for breakfast every day (some things never change). Somehow the image of that balloon slowly flying away to an unknown destination, soaring higher and higher, made it seem like it was fuelled by magic inside of there, rather than squeaky helium.
Well, that is where my inspiration for the name of my fashionably charitable campaign originated. ‘The White Balloon’ is a symbol of hope. It’s about wishing for change, and believing that change can be realised - the way that every child innocently believes that wishes do come true. Wasn't everything much easier in those lunchbox days? When you believed in everything; and everyone believed in you... I think that we tend to lose this feeling as we grow up... the world gets a little darker and a little scarier; we grow more afraid, and start to think that maybe we can no longer be anything we want to be, or do anything that we want to do. Maybe we can’t change things? But in reality, we couldn’t be further from the truth. Now is the time to make a wish, and believe in it whole-heartedly. Now is the time to pave our own paths, stand up, and change things. Now is our time. Now is your time. So make it count.
I decided to take this moment to share with you my very own wish balloon (above). This is my wish for my own life, as well as all of yours... Go ahead and take a little time to make your own. What’s truly important to you? What are you hoping for? What really matters?
'Make a wish, and place it in your heart.
Anything you want. Everything you want.
Do you have it?
Now believe it can come true.
You never know where the next miracle is going to come from, the next smile, the next wish come true.
But if you believe that it is right around the corner, and you open your heart and mind to the possibility of it, to the certainty of it; you might just get the thing you’re wishing for.
The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it.
So make your wish.
Now believe in it, with all your heart.'