I wish I had a billion dollars...
I have this thought often, usually when I am in the shower getting ready for the day. I'm sure most folks have similar thoughts. But why do I tell myself this? Why is this thought so prevalent as I start my day? Without giving it too much analysis, it is likely I am missing something in daily living or not satisfied with the direction of my life. Why else would I be wishing for something that would be so life-changing?
Rather than just dismissing this self-talk, I asked myself; "what would it really mean if I were a billionaire?" How would my life change? My natural tendency is to write a list, so I did. Here what it looks like:
If I had a billion dollars, I would:
- I would lose weight and feel energetic
- Have a great personal trainer get me in Shape
- I would learn guitar from one of my favorite band guitarist
- I would have often dinner at the beach while watching the sunset
- I would go on great hiking adventures
- I would dictate when, where and what I do when I work
- I would get my kids the best eduction available
- I would live where I wanted to live
- I would eat delicious food every meal
- I would have freedom to visit people that mattered to me
- I would bike ride to work
- I would only wear comfortable clothes
- I would have as much time as I wanted to pursue my hobbies
- I would learn how to cook from a great chef
- I would master french and indian cuisine
- I would go hunting yearly
- I would have other people do things I don't want to do like laundry and mowing the lawn
- I would get really good at golf
- I would play golf 3 times a week, walking the course
- I would get my family together and learn one song we could play together
- I would learn how to make the best katsu curry
- I would have an extremely simple life, know every item that I own
- I would have a bbq once a year and invite all my friends
- I would take time out and talk to my dad and sister regularly
- I would do one big family thing once a year
- I would climb mount fuji and do other adventures
- I would perfect my Japanese
- I would find the perfect beach type place to live 2 or 3 months a year, if it is a foreign country, I would learn the basic language of that country
- When traveling, I would take business class or better
- I would attend a lot of tech related meetups
- I would master the concepts of stoicism
- I would visit my in-laws a regularly
- I would help the world learn new languages
As I look at this list, nothing seems as unobtainable like actually having a billion dollars. In fact, the pursuit of amassing a billion dollars would likely take up all of my time prevent me from achieving these things, even if I managed to pulled it off.
I think my self-talk is really telling me that I am not currently on a path that is reflecting my core values. While there are a few luxuries, like traveling business class or better, most of the items on the list they really have nothing to do with having a fortune. They relate to control of my time.
So, I am starting a journey. First step is to review what this list really means and how I can obtain each item.