“I wish I had a million dollars. Hot dog!” Adolescent George Bailey’s famous words have quite a different meaning today. But I have always loved asking people what they would do if they won a million dollars.
The dreams we indulge in when money is no object to our fantasies tells us a lot about ourselves. Most people talk about having fun, buying cars or mansions, and living it up when their ship sails in.
While daydreaming is a fun pastime, the reality of having all the money you need is surprisingly obtainable. We are out of debt, including the house, and still have a higher-than-average income. One of my husband’s bucket list items is setting foot on the continent of Antarctica - a dream I believe we will accomplish within the next five years, despite its $20,000-plus price tag for two.
My lotto list has changed from horses, a house, trips around the world, and houses for all my family members to something a little more modest. I honestly have everything I need, and the only things I still want will come to me in time. Today, my “million dollar lotto” list looks more like:
Pay taxes - $300,000
Donate 10% - $100,000
Invest in my and my husband’s retirement funds - $500,000
Move up in house - $100,000
I might add “adopt 20 cats” and “buy Lizard Boy a gecko” to that list at some point. The reality is, a million dollars is only useful as far as it can set you up for the future.