If money weren't an issue...
After a strange work year, where I was booming one minute and struggling the next, I got to thinking about the effect money has on our lives. In order to find my trip to Europe, I've had to really pull back on my spending. This has prevented me from doing a lot, and has changed my day-to-day life. For this, I started considering what my life would be like if money weren't an issue. If I had enough in my bank to last me a lifetime. What would I do? Would I lead a very different life? Would I relish in the same things I do now? It's an interesting thought.
First of all, and most importantly, I would find that never-ending Tim Tam packet that was once wished into existence. For obvious reasons. Now, if I'm eating Tim Tams all the time, I'll probably get pretty bulgy around the waste. But my next plan will help with that.
I'd buy two properties. The first would be a portion of land in Apollo Bay – fresh air, the ocean at your doorstep, rolling green hills, what more could you want? I'd build my dream home, and studio. And then go right ahead and fulfil my life long dream of owning lots and lots of animals. With all that land, I'd also build an ecosystem of edible plants. I might be setting myself up to survive a zombi apocalypse – or is that just The Walking Dead I hear Josh watching in the background?
The second property would have to be my little apartment in Footscray. Perfect for weekend escapes, or when I've got places to go, people to see, food to eat.
This all sounds pretty well and good, but I'm not done yet. We've forgotten one major part of my life here... travel.
I'd love to base myself in Victoria half of the year, and travel in-between. I'd explore far off lands, and volunteer my time to communities who need a few extra hands. For me, having a home base is what helps me appreciate my time on the road. I begin to recognise how lucky I am to live in Australia, and to have the things I have. And I get excited to come home. To jump into bed for the first time in a while. It's one of the best feelings in the world – one of those homely comforts.
The interesting thing is, my life wouldn't be all that different. I'm currently working towards that life. There might be some bumps in the road, and things may not turn out exactly how I imagine it, but I think that's the fun part of it all. To have a goal, and to exceed that goal into untouched territories. Let's face it, life will never be as we expected.
What would you do if money weren't an issue?