Friday, March 30, 2012

5 things I couldn't buy even if I won the lottery

With all of this talk about the 640 million jackpot on tonight's megamillion lottery, I have been thinking about all of the things I would want if I were to win. It's fun to imagine new homes, travel, cloned Harleys and so on. But then I started to think of all of the things I want that I couldn't have even if I won and I'm not sure it matters all that much. Here's my list.
  1. Another 50 years. I know, people are living longer and longer, and maybe I'll live to 100 and beyond, but odds aren't good. Even if I do, how healthy and strong will those years be. I want 50 full, active, healthy years. How many millions would it take to get me those? While we're at it, I don't want any of my loved ones to die and leave me behind, either.
  2. The love of my life. I'm comfortable as a single woman, but that doesn't mean I don't wonder sometimes what life would be like if the right guy came along. Sure, if I had millions, I would probably find a man. But how would I ever be sure he wanted me and not the money. At least now, if I found someone, I would be confident that he loved me for me, not for the balance in my bank account.
  3. Peace. I know it's a cliche, but you know what, I HATE war. I hate that people are killed and left maimed and starving. I hate that children are left without anyone to care for them. With enough money I could help alleviate the suffering, but as long as there is war, there is no end to the need. No amount of lottery winnings can fill that gap.
  4. Beauty. No amount of money would make me beautiful. I am not a good candidate for surgery so there's nothing a good plastic surgeon could do for me and the one thing that 100% of all lottery winners do is gain weight - something I really can't afford to do. Maybe I could hire physical trainers to whip me into shape and personal chefs to prepare healthy meals, but there's only so much that can be done with what God gave me.
  5. Happiness. Talk about cliches - money can't buy happiness, I know. But, it's a cliche for a reason. It's true. If you aren't happy in your circumstances now, you won't be happy as a megamillionaire. I am mostly happy now and I would be mostly happy if I won the lottery. But I would never be blissfully happy. I worry too much. I see things in shades of gray and I find the cloud behind the silver lining. It means that I don't look for money to make me happy, though, so that's a good thing. Not that I'd turn it down, because you never know.
So, that's my list. What about yours?

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