So, clearly this really has nothing to do with my writing, writing in general, being an author, being creative—really, it has nothing to do about anything. I just thought it would be fun to talk about having a ton of money (I don’t really know if one million dollars is a lot of money anymore) and what I would do with it. Firstly, let me say that I think it is crazy that the PowerBall reached $1 Billion. I think its even crazier that people went out and spent a bunch of money on tickets, hoping they would be the lucky one. Now, I don’t normally play the lottery, but I did drop $20 on some tickets and won like $4. But, anyways. I do hope to have $1 million someday. But I would like to do it the old fashioned American way—through hard work.
What an author’s dream, right? Write enough, have a good enough book or series, have a great enough following to make a million on your craft? So if…wait, wait, wait, what’s this “if” stuff? When…there we go…when I make my first million, what will I do?
The first thing I am doing is paying off my home. I know—boring. Oh well. The thought of paying $800,000 for a $200,000 mortgage 30 years from just isn’t that appealing to me. So, there you go, I pay my house off, sink another $100,000 in improvements into our house, and have roughly $700,000 left over.
The second thing I do is take my wife to Europe—most notably, France and Italy. When my wife and I were first dating, she was saving up for a trip to Italy. She had everything planned. She had hotels and hostels. She had tours planned. And she was just a couple hundred dollars away from being able to afford it. Then, I got into a really bad accident and we decided to buy a house. Those to things completely drained my wife’s savings accounts and, thus, ruined her dream of traveling to Italy and see the amazing history and culture of Southern Europe. So, after paying off our home, I am taking my wife to Italy and France (and probably Greece) and we’re spending a good two to three weeks there in complete luxury. I figure I can take my wife to Southern Europe, fulfill her dream of going, take a bunch of time to write and get some awesome inspiration from my surroundings, and pretty much do whatever we want for about $100,000, so after taking my wife to Europe, I still have $600,000 left over.
Build my dream home gym. I love working out, has lived much of my life in the gym, competed in both power lifting and body building, and find more and more solace in lifting in my garage as opposed to going to a crowded gym where everyone is trying to show each other up, and hit on each other, and grunt, and slam weights, etc. I have decent equipment in my gym right now, but with $600,000 left over, money really isn’t an option. I would sink about $100,000 into my garage gym.
I have $500,000 left over, $400,000 of which I can play with. I’ll explain why only $400,000 in just a moment. I would use the rest for my family and friends. I would pay off the rest of my debt, put money into college funds for my kids, send my brother to school, pay off my mom and dad’s debt, and put a decent chunk of change away for the future. I might take some of that and revamp the wrestling room at the school I coach at. I’m not a materialistic guy. I like working, so I certainly wouldn’t stop working. I don’t luxury things. I don’t need luxury cars. I like my home. My clothes are good. I like living in Tucson, AZ. I just really want to live a worry free life. That means no debt.
Lastly, I take $100,000 and give it back. I give it to church. I know, some of you will read this and start thinking that churches are corrupt and why do we have pastors living in $10 million homes and spending insane amounts of money on trips and etc etc etc. I can’t speak to them and I can’t speak to their hearts. But I do trust God. He has requested 10% of our first fruits, and—even though I don’t give 10% all the time—I believe that’s what I should do. I believe my church would use that money for good, for spreading a message of hope and salvation, of peace and love. I would encourage everyone to give. You don’t have to be a Christian, or have a faith, to give and study after study shows that giving possessions and money away is actually good for your health.
There you go. That’s the five things I would do with $1,000,000. Its not very exciting, but it would fit me just fine. So, if anyone out there has a million dollars they want to give me, just let me know. Until then, Thank you and HAPPY READING!!!