Lottery Dreams

The Daily Post: Work? Optional!

If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?

I have to admit to dreaming about what it would be like to win the lottery every time I buy a lottery ticket. My hubby and I talk about how we would use the money and how we would live. It’s wonderful to dream big for those few moments and then get back to reality. After all the odds of winning the lottery are slim to none, although you don’t stand a chance if you never buy a ticket.

In our lottery dream, we set aside money in trusts to care for loved friends and family members. Spend some with charity and causes we believe in, maybe even including setting up our own foundation. Then comes the fun part, getting to use some of it for ourselves.

We’ve agreed to set aside an amount for play money and fun and then turn the rest over to an investment manager to handle while we go travel the world for a couple of years. Of course we don’t plan on working for those couple of years but they’re for research and enjoyment of life because we both have always wanted to travel.

The research part is for after those couple of years of travel, I want to own affordable luxury style BnBs in a couple of locations around the world that not only offer places for travelers to stay but have organic farms and vineyards to supply the kitchens with wonderful yummy food for people to enjoy. It would be fun to make them destination places for foodies from around the world. Ones where many people could enjoy instead of just the wealthy few.

Yes, we would have people to help manage them, but we would also continue as an active part in the day-to-day activities. I look forward to sharing the love of food, wine and interesting places with others. Cooking classes, organic farming classes, sightseeing or just plain chilling out and relaxing, would all be offered. This is me sounds like a dream way to retire because I would get bored doing nothing at all and need something to keep me going and out of trouble.

So there’s your answer, I would continue working but not in the traditional sense of a 9 to 5 job. Instead of a regular job, I would work on building something to share with the rest of the world. After all, what’s the point of having so much wealth if you don’t use it to help make the world a better place?


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