It’s the fantasy, right? Out of nowhere, you are given 1 million dollars, tax free, no strings attached…you can use the money anyway you want to. After the initial shock and the jumping up and down with glee, you stop moving, but the hamster wheel in your brain starts turning with possibilities. What are you going to do with the money?
The choices are endless…are you going on a trip? Buying a house or new car? Getting that piece of jewelry you always wanted? Are you going to invest it or give some to charity? My head always explodes when I think of stuff like this. Because it would be really hard for me to decide what to do.
I am a simple kind of girl; I don’t need all the fancy things. I think one of the reasons I moved to Hawaii was so I could wear tee shirts and boardshorts all the time and not worry about “fashion” and high-ticket kind of things. Give me a roof over my head, some good food, a few books and a few friends and I am all set.
Does that mean I wouldn’t take the money? Of course not…I am taking it!! In a previous post I talked about my ultimate fantasy trip of going through Europe. That is definitely happening. I would upgrade to a bigger apartment in my building where I live now. I like our building, Neil likes our building…so we would stay. Just a slight upgrade though, I don’t want to have to deal with all the extra property taxes and things involved with a massive place.
I would give to my church and some of my favorite charities. That comes off the top, first thing. After all that is done, I have no clue. I guess I would have to find someone who deals in financial things to help me invest in the right places. And this is the place where my head pops off, because I have no clue about such things. I mean, I can balance a checkbook and I have a little knowledge about what it means to invest. When I say a little knowledge, I mean like I know 1+1=2…after that…I’m clueless.
A million bucks sounds like a lot of fun, and I am sure it is, but it also comes with a little bit of responsibility. With all the things you buy, you have to make sure you can handle the aftermath, like taxes, insurance and all the other little incidentals they never tell you about. Unless you decide to Robin Hood the cash.
O.k. picture this, you get the money, do a little something for yourself and then just start giving the rest away to people who need it. Not all at once, but as you hear of people in need, you find ways to slip them the cash without their knowing where it came from. Maybe you pay for a kid to go to college, maybe the nuns end up with a new van in front of the convent, maybe, maybe, maybe…those possibilities are endless. I know this is not something that appeals to everybody and that’s cool, but as I am writing this, I am digging it more and more. Now all I need is the money…
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