I watched the movie “16 Wishes” on Disney channel a couple years ago, and something in English class reminded me of this movie. It’s about a girl named Abby Jensen turning 16 on her birthday, and she has a created list of things she “wishes” to do or to have. On her birthday, a lady named Celeste comes and gives her 16 candles and a match. Celeste saw her list of wishes while she was exterminating Abby’s house when it suddenly had a giant group of wasps in the attic. the 16 candles is for Abby to wish for all the things she wishes for on her list. The rule is that she can only wish for one thing on her list per hour. As she wishes for all the things she wants, everything is suddenly perfect for her and things are going exactly the way she wants them to go. However, there were consequences. Her wishes actually made her life worse. The wish that really changed her life is “I wish people treated me like an adult.” From the very beginning, she was annoyed how her family wouldn’t leave her alone on her birthday, and how they still treated her like a kid. When she wished to be treated like an adult, she actually became an adult and suddenly had to get out of high school and live in her own apartment, and had no more friends since they were in a different age group and they wouldn’t know her. I really like how the movie focused on how she thought her parents didn’t treat her like an adult, and later had the main character wish to become an adult, so that the wishes actually don’t always go the way she wants them to go. This, I’m guessing, would be the theme of the movie.
As I was thinking about this, it related to how similar this was for an essay I had to write in class, which was along the lines of… if life was perfect, then life would be boring with no mistakes to improve on, and everything would just go the way you want it. There would be no knowledge of bad, or mistakes. I agreed to this. I wrote that there should be mistakes in life so that you would know what to improve on, and that you can learn from your mistakes to be better. I believe there is always going to be “bad” with “good.” I can’t imagine if we didn’t think of any bad things, or opposite things of good. In my opinion, I think “bad” is what makes us grow and learn from mistakes that allows us to improve ourselves. Abby Jensen realized and learned from the mistake of wishing to be treated like an adult. She learned that… she wasn’t ready to become an adult, and she didn’t know how to do anything as one. Growing up takes time, and a lot of learning occurs during the teenage years.