I had lunch with a colleague and we got into an odd but commonly discussed topic – what would you do if you won the lottery?
I found it somewhat amusing as my considerably younger colleague detailed all the things he would do with his money which included two cars, to which I questioned why two as you can only drive one? A Jet, a business and various other ideas followed on from this which I found amusing – not in the patronizing sense but pleased for someone dreaming big (although not the two cars)
My colleague then proceeded to ask me what I would do with the money and I had to pause and really think – what would I do if I won the lottery? By winning the lottery I mean a lifechanging amount of money – And in that paused moment I really question what would I do with all that money??
So if I hypothetically won the lottery here’s what I think I would do:
Quit my job – That’s not to say I would quit working as I believe structure is vital for human survival – perhaps some people could cope with empty time all day but I know from previous experience this would not suit me well at all and would quickly give way to some very dark thoughts.
Make sure my family are taken care of – Goes without saying really. Plus once I know they’re provided for I can really focus on myself – if that selfish? Perhaps but you’ve got to be a bit selfish.
Give some to charity – Two causes I’ passionate about are homelessness and mental health, so I’d use some of my winnings to fund two areas which are severely underfunded and sadly misunderstood to. These are two things we all take for granted and should one of these befall any of us – would we really know where to turn to for help?
I’d disappear somewhere without telling anyone – Not in the ominous sense but rather I could just go anywhere I wanted and decide to settle, a new city, new country…
I’d also go back to study – I’d love to go back to study but the thought of additional debt makes me wary of this. So if I had the money I’d go back to study without the fear of accruing more debt.
Go off abroad – Not like a month long jolly, but to take my time and soak up the culture, the world is a big place and I think it’s eve opening to experience another culture.
Lastly I’d buy myself a car and a house, not to be greedy but so I’d always have them. A house so that should I lose all my money for whatever reason I’d at least have a roof over my head and a car for the freedom it brings.
What would you do if you won the lottery? Tell me in the comments below.