If you won the lottery, what would you do with your life?
It's a great question to ask to help yourself figure out your passions in life.
If you had all of the time, money, and energy in the world, what would you do with your life? I mean, after you'd bought the giant beach house and the Ferrari and stocked your closet with Armani and Versace. Once your material desires were fulfilled and you had boundless free time, what would you in life that would make you truly happy?
Decluttering my home is about reclaiming my life. Reclaiming my life is about being able to do the things that I really want to do without material things standing in my way.
So, if I had all of the time, money, and resources in the world, here's what I would do.
- Move to Spain and perfect my Spanish. Maybe I can't perfect my Spanish without moving to Spain, but I can take some more classes or use the Rosetta stone software my mom got me for Christmas.
- Travel the world. See more of the places I love: Spain, Germany, Hawaii, the Southwest USA, London--and the places I'd love to see-- the Canary Islands, Pompeii, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico. I can read about these places, or save money for trips. I can enjoy these places without needing to stay in five-star suites.
- Read all of the books on my Goodreads list. Well, if I focus on this now, I could accomplish this. I don't need to win the lottery to do this.
- Learn to play guitar really well. I haven't done this because lessons are expensive. But if this is a priority in my life, I need to set the money aside to do this.
- Go to nursing school. Not to be a nurse. Just for the knowledge. I'd be a lousy nurse. Maybe I could study my old anatomy and physiology textbooks more, or take a couple evening classes.
- Play the piano more. Maybe I need to set aside some time each night to play.
- Learn to figure skate. Again, this is something I'm not doing because it's expensive. But if it's that important to me, I need to set aside the money.
- Swim, bike, and run more. Methinks I need to sign up for a sprint triathalon.
- Get a full-time psychologist and dietician and beat my eating disorder for good. Telling myself that I need full-time treatment is just a lie that ED tells me to keep me sick. I can beat this without full-time treatment. I just need to focus a little more than I have been lately. But I've made so much progress and I have to trust that I can continue to make progress with outpatient support.
- Get a personal trainer and get in good (not perfect) shape. Since I've had body image issues, I feel that it's important for me to treat my body as well as possible. Being in good, healthy shape is something I obviously need help with. So in the next 365 days I will save the money and take the time to do this for 3 months.
- Finish the embroidery Gram left me when she died. I spend a lot of time watching old TV shows. I can do this while doing those.
- Watch everything in my Netflix queue. This will be easy to accomplish if I set my mind to it. I get bored during Winter and could easily do this towards the end of the year, if I make it a priority.
- Put together my family genealogy back to the Jacob Werner, the first of our family members to come to the states in the 1600s. I have everything I need to do this. I just have to take the time. I don't need to make the time -- I'm realizing I already have it.
- Learn enough German to read the letters from my mom's father and grandparents. It's easy to find language classes in DC. I just have to make it a priority.
- Get all of my photos in order. I could never pay someone to put these things in order because no one else has lived my life. So why don't I start doing this now?
- Finish my memory book of Gram. Gathering the pictures and writing down my memories of her is not something I need to win the lottery to do. But I do need to find the time to do it.
- Get really good at making wedding cakes. There's a bakery around the corner that offers private lessons. Again, if it's a priority for me, then I should find the money to do it. This means more to me than eating out. Though eating cake shouldn't be an issue.
- Spend more time just relaxing (preferably on a warm, sunny beach). I need to make time for myself each day. I can relax without being on Waikiki beach. I can, though, make a point of going to a beach each year, even if it's nearby.
- Eat fresh raspberries every day. At $3 a day this could get expensive. But maybe I can make a point of picking up a package every Sunday, or something.
- Wear perfectly-tailored, beautiful clothes. With starched, pressed creases. I'm apparently obsessed with creases. I know I need to buy better-fitting, better-quality clothes than I own right now in order to feel good about myself. But I also need to take the time to take care of those clothes. I can make a point to press everything for the week on Sunday night.
- Get a massage every day. That's way too expensive to maintain at my current income level, but I can make a point to get one of these on a regular basis. A couple times a year, at least. I could ask for these as presents when people say, "what do you want for [insert holiday here]?"
- Live off the grid and have an estate where I can hire local farmers to grow my own food on my land. I want to live big with less impact. I can start now by growing more of my own food and putting more of what I've learned about sustainable living into practice.
On your list, how many of the things could you really accomplish now if you just focused yourself and your resources on them? Please share the things you'd do that would make you happy if you had unlimited resources. Win the lottery today. At least in your mind.