What If You Receive 1 Million Dollars…

Or 5 million dollars, or 10 million dollars… It doesn’t really matter. The point is, let’s assume you receive a certain amount of money that provides you financial independence for the rest of your life.

What would you do?

First, why don’t you take a look at today’s market. See how far it’s plunged. 360 points! Everyone who has 401k and stock portfolio can probably feel it, ouch! For those of us looking at long term, it maybe less relevant, but nonetheless, my net worth is taking the hit temporarily.

The reason I mentioned that… Sometimes I feel this uncontrolled impatience inside myself. I’ll look at the amount in my saving, in brokerage, and then the amount of my loan. I look at my net worth, and I feel that it’s just not growing fast enough. I save, I invest, I contribute to 401k with discipline each month, but it’s still not growing fast enough for my patience. I want to be financially independent today. I want to be done. I want to be out of the rat race right now. And honestly? Don’t we all.

Though, I brought myself back to reality, back to my calm self and without losing sight. I think about what I would do if I do receive the money that enables my financial independence, be it 1mil, 5mil, 10mil, or 1bil…

Now I have hobbies, and quite a few of them. I have things I like doing. I want to help people. But as far as what exactly I want to do with the freedom and all those time that comes with the financial independence, I cannot say I am 100% certain, which is okay because I need go through what I am going through. The experience will continuously let me better understand the world around me and learn about myself. Only with such experience, I am what I am today and what I will be. And also more appreciative I shall be when the moment arrives. That’s why, I am and will continue to do my best, and there is no hurry. Enjoying and being in each moment, including this process, is important. There is no better place and moment to be.

As the saying goes (vaguely as I can remember it):
Every moment you spent wishing to be somewhere else is a moment of your life wasted.

Originally posted 2007-11-01 22:47:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2 Responses

  1. Dario says:

    I think your underlaying question is “Do I need money to be happy”. While there is no correct answer (it depends on you), in my experience the answer is no.
    Let me tell you a story. When I was younger I was making about 25K a year. At that time I thought “oh, if I could only make 50K a year, life would be so much easier and I could be happy”. Few years later I end up making 58K . At that time I said “58K is great, but really if I could make 100K I would be more financially independent and have a chance to be finally happy”. Few years later I was making 140K… but now I realize that money has nothing to do with happiness. Having 1$ or 1M is absolutely the same. Happiness can be found in courage not in cash. The courage of living the life you enjoy and to do what you really like to do with abandon and with no reserve.

    Several years a go someone wiser than me said: “A balanced, happy life is made of 8 hours of work, 8 hours of play, 8 hours of sleep.” As you can easily understand there is no money needed to do any of the 3 task above.

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