If I had a billion dollars…

I was chatting with a friend on gtalk the other day and was, as usual, complaining about work. He mentioned something about wishing he had a billion dollars and my imagination went on overdrive. I was suddenly filled with hopeful spleandor at the thought of not having to worry about money.

I realised too that it was something I had never thought about, mostly because of my roots and the fact that I know I’ll have to work for money for the rest of my life – and I had accepted that. I like working; I just wish I was paid more. But that’s besides the point.

My instinctual fantasy was this:
I’d bartend in a cute little Irish Pub with regulars consisting of all sorts of people1 from all walks of life, in Greece2. I’d want to work Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm3 and have my evenings and weekends off. Notice the four day work week? This is a fantasy after all.

Rows of grapes on FlickrThen I started building on this fantasy:
In the evening and on the weekends, I’d spend time on my yacht sailing around the islands or off in my plane where I can go sky diving. After work in the evenings, I’d walk through the vineyard4 and then down to the cellar and pick out a nice bottle of red for dinner. I’d cook my own meals and probably have seafood every night5… lobster, crab, mussels, fish, scallops6 and of course my absolute favourite shrimp!

Thinking this way put a huge smile on my face… a smile that has been missing from my face for a long time now. This chat with my friend made me realise what it was that I was missing from my life. I had somehow lost the one thing that kep me going through everything that I ever go through. Losing this had caused me to become bitter and even whiny7. Now I just have to try and hold on to my hope. Its the first time in a really8 long time that I had lost it so I wasn’t really sure what I was missing until now.

I have my friend to thank, but he’s going to remain anonymous because I’m not sure he’d want to be advertised… but thank you.

What would you do if you had a billion dollars?

Footnotes:
  1. of all ages[]
  2. I’ve always wanted to go[]
  3. because having to wait until 11 to drink is ridiculous[]
  4. mine[]
  5. I’m living in Greece for crying out loud[]
  6. though maybe not as often[]
  7. ask my twitter followers, they’ll tell you I’ve been whiny lately[]
  8. like at least 11 years[]

responses to “If I had a billion dollars…” 14

  1. @trench: Sounds great! I’m adding funding medical research to my list too – can’t believe I forgot something like that!

    @Ayprel: I just can’t see myself doing nothing all the time. I need structure to my days. I guess I’m ‘special’ LOL

    @Penny: Yeah, I think I’d definitely see the whole world too but that’s what my yacht is for 😉

    @LindsayannGs: lol I know, the title was actually inspired by the Barenaked Ladies song, “If I had a million dollars…” Its so crazy that a million just isn’t enough anymore. Your dream sounds quite nice 🙂 I hope I’d be invited to these events and galas!

  2. ya know, it USED to be if I had a MILLION dollars.. now people can spend a million dollars in 10 minutes in their imaginations.. buy a house, a car and thats about all you are doing with your million.. with taxes and all.

    Man if i had a million.. I would probably get a house with a fenced in yard, get a condo in hawaii and take scuba lessons. then the rest I would use to fund a HUGE pet rescue/shelter (no kill of coarse) that has all kinds of animal lovers working at it because I would pay them well.. and i would fund it by having events and gallas

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  3. Hehe I’m with Ayprel. I don’t think I’d work. I would definitely go travelling across the whole world though, before coming back and trying to do things that still made my life meaningful even tho I am mega rich 😀

    Pennys latest..“Be careful to perform your allotted task while it is yet day”

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