If I were a millionaire, and money was absolutely no object for the rest of my life, what would I do?
Why I ask this question
I love this question, it keeps me real. If what I’m doing now is completely different from what I’d do if I had financial freedom, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate my life. Having financial freedom means not working just to get by, just to pay the bills. It means having the space to pursue passions in life.
You don’t have to be a millionaire to pursue your passions – that’s the point. But sometimes we get into the mindset of, “If I had X amount of money, I can do this,” or “maybe one day”.
And yes, from a practical standpoint, many of us need that job we don’t love, but if you don’t love what you do, maybe it’s time to start transitioning to that which you do. Maybe that means picking up a hobby or taking night classes or starting a blog. Maybe it means baby steps in the direction of your most exciting life.
So ask yourself, “If I were a millionaire, how would I be spending my time?” Journal it and see how well your current life lines up with your ideal life.
If I were a millionaire, I would travel like a maniac. My main points of interest might be boring to some – I’d travel to every province in Canada (I haven’t been to the Maritimes or Territories), and I’d travel through every state. And Europe – especially the Netherlands, France, and Germany. I’d travel to visit all of my friends, and often.
If I were a millionaire, I’d make sure to bring people along on these trips. I’d much rather make traveling a party.
If I were a millionaire, I’d learn a language. Maybe more than one. Maybe I’d go to a country and spend several hours each day taking a language class.
If I were a millionaire, I would pay off my mortgage. Scratch that, I’d probably buy a new (not too crazy, but nice) house.
If I were a millionaire, I might not be living in a small town. I might live in my favourite city (Toronto) and have a winter vacation home (like Austin).
If I were a millionaire, I’d probably still teach piano, but likely less of it. Kids keep me real.
If I were a millionaire, I’d definitely be blogging.
If I were a millionaire, I’d have a housekeeper. Just saying, vacuuming is something that I would happily pay someone to do for me.
If I were a millionaire, I’d read voraciously – not only that, but I’d have an epic home library with walls of books. Fiction, non-fiction, and manga. This home library would also have the comfiest chill-out spot ever.
If I were a millionaire, I’d have this kick-ass makeup/dressing room. A huge closet of beautiful clothes and shoes, and a mini-Sephora at my disposal. Of course, I’d have a personal shopper to help me out with finding great clothes.
If I were a millionaire, I’d make friends and family my priority, instead of being so “busy” all the time.
If I were a millionaire, I’d have a part-time chef. I love cooking, but I’d be happy to have someone do it for me sometimes. Then I could spend more time hanging out with my friends and family. Or reading, or blogging.
What I’ve learned from my list
And that’s my list. I’m sure I could think of dozens of points, but these were the ones that came to me first. It’s a selfish list – no “donate to charity” or any such thing. Please don’t judge me. 🙂
What I’ve learned from making this list is that I love my job, thank God for that. My current home isn’t my forever home, and this isn’t my forever town, but I’m content where I am right now. I don’t need a personal shopper or housekeeper – those would just be really fun perks.
My biggest lesson is that I need to make travel a priority in my life. It gets pushed back because of money, but we can definitely afford a good trip – and since both of us are teachers and have the summers off, we have a perfect yearly opportunity. No excuses – next summer we’re traveling!
Now I toss the question to you: What would you do if you were a millionaire?