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17 Million Pounds

April 14, 2010

My dad bought me a present today; a lottery ticket. The prize is 17 million. Exciting, yes, but I think I’m one of the few people who has never really wondered whatwould do if I won the lottery.

I’m just not motivated by money. Yes, I know, that is becuse I’m fortunate enough not to have ever really had to worry about it. I’ve been brought up in a nice area, and my parent work hard. They are both from working class backgrounds and have done well to get us in the position we are today. We are financially secure, but in now way to we have a lot of money. We have a nice house and my mum has a company car and we go on holiday once a year, but we dont splurge.

And I’ve always known the value of money. I am a little spoilt. I’m the first to admit that. But I’ve worked constantly since I was sixteen (expect for the seven or eight months when I started uni) and I’ve saved a lot of money over that time. I still have money left from my first job which I left over a year and a half ago. I do love to shop, but I buy little and often; the only really expensive thing I’ve ever bought was my iPod touch. I work hard for my money, and I fully appreciate it. I have two jobs now and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy working and I enjoy the freedom and independence of my own money that I earn. My parents help me through uni and for livng costs, but I buy all the things I want for myself I buy myself.

So anyway, I was thinking about the concept of winning the lottery. How much would that really change my life? I’d still carry on with my degree, I’d still be living in Selly Oak, still be going to America next year, still have all the dreams and aspirations that I have now. Okay, I could pay off my student loan and buy more clothes, but they’d probably still be from Top Shop, I might just upgrade to Urban Outfitters. I’d still want to be a journalist, I’d still carry on wih this blog and winning the lottery wouldn’t really affect any of that. Okay, maybe I could start my own magazine, but still. Being rich wouldn’t guarentee Glamour would give me work experience, let alone a job.

I’d never want to not work. I hate being bored. I enjoy going out and achieving something, and I can’t wait to find a job that I love.  I’d hate to just be rich and do nothing. I plan to work my whole life, whether that’s actually a job or in my studies. I am ambitious, and my ambitions depend on my talents and abilities and personalities; not just on my money. I want to achieve my goals and I want to make a difference in this world. And while I wouldn’t say not to winning the lottery, I don’t think it would change my dreams.

What do you think? Is money important to you? How important? Is winning the lottery your dream?

Charlotte xxx

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael permalink
    April 16, 2010 08:03

    Just like you, I would still want to finish my formal education and would keep on learning, studying, and aim to be an expert at something.

    Winning the lottery would sure be awesome, but I am doubtful of how much happiness it would really bring. Its effect would wear off after a few months I think.

    I remember hearing a good example about this. Winning the lottery is like getting a cheat code on a video game that gives you God like powers i.e. you can’t die and you have infinite ammunition etc… For the first few moments its great, but after a while, you get bored; there is no challenge to anything.

    Life would be more interesting if it was a challenge to get those millions than simply winning them. While I would take a winning lottery ticket anytime, I am happy to take on the challenge of making those millions out of my own work 🙂

    • April 16, 2010 08:58

      That’s exactly right, and completely how I feel.
      I love to be busy, I love to have a purpose. I couldn’t sit around all day and do nothing.
      If I was to ever be in a position where I didn’t have to work I’d probably do charity work or do something that kept me busy.
      Money doesn’t interest me as much as reaching me goals does.
      I’d rather be finacially secure, doing a job I love, than rich doing something I hate.
      My one wish for being older is that I want a job that I love. The motivates me, and stimulates me and makes me want to do it for the rest of my life. As you know my dream is to be a journalist. To write and research and enjoy something is my dream. I want a job where no day is ever the same.
      And I also love learning.
      I love my degree and I love university. I love learning new things, and even though it gets tough now it’s exam time, I wouldn’t change that. Because I work hard. And that leads me onto an entirely different point about the criticism students get and how a lot of people i know got into uni with unbelievably bad grades and they believe uni is just partying and doing nothing. That makes me sick.
      Maybe I’ll write on that later :]]]


  2. Michael permalink
    April 16, 2010 09:27

    Spot on! I look forward to that next post.

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