Even if you don’t play the lottery – it’s still a tempting thought isn’t it? More money than you could possibly spend in a lifetime, an end to worrying about debts, or panicking about your financial future.
There’s something uniting in the things most people pick if you bring this conversation up. For all of our differences and variety, the things that make us who we are, our individual quirks… we pick the same sort of ideas.
For example, if you answer that question to yourself, the answer is probably along the lines of:
- Housing change. Maybe you’d be tempted just to pay off the mortgage, but for most of us, access to huge funds would mean a big housing change. Maybe it would give you licence to go ahead and hire property developers so you could construct the house of your dreams; or perhaps you’d leaf through a catalogue of mansions before pointing to one and saying, “that one please”. But bigger, better, and nicer for our home is the first priority.
- Leave your job. Potentially so you can move into a business you’ve always wanted to try, or perhaps you have a calling to be a lady of leisure.
- Go on holiday. You’d be surprised how often taking along a huge group of family and friends for that holiday comes up, too.
- Make our family comfortable. Of course, we’d want to spread the wealth.
In the midst of this discussion, as you realise we all have the same kind of goals, there will be someone who pipes up: “what’s the point of thinking about this? Isn’t it just depressing? The odds are terrible…”
It’s Beneficial To Daydream
It’s true: daydreaming is a healthy mental activity. It gives you an escape and can help lower stress levels. So long as you don’t get lost in the daydream – creating a spreadsheet of what you’d do with your millions would be a bad sign – then it’s actually an incredibly healthy thing to do.
What’s more: if can help you realise priorities. While the title of this post is all about the daydream itself, there’s something deeper buried within. When you think about the things you would do if money didn’t matter, you’ll see how stripped back you can be with your attitude to life.
You can draw from those oh-so-common wishes the simple requirements of: a nice home, security for my family, happiness in the work I choose to do, time to relax. We’re all pretty basic, deep down.
How This Relates To Your Current Life
Remembering these basics can make a huge difference to your current situation – especially in a world where we are encouraged to “keep up with the Jones’”. Sometimes it’s nice to remember you can just do you; your home can be how you want it to be; your child-raising skills are on point. Let yourself daydream and then appreciate the reality you have, too.