So, of course we eventually get to THAT part of the conversation. You know THAT part that you run through in your head when you walk away from the Service Center in the Grocery Store with a LOTTERY ticket, or after you’ve just clicked on the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. The what would I do with a MILLION DOLLARS question.
She: So, if I get a million dollars & have to give my lawyer a third, I have over $650,000 left. Right?
She: After paying off my bills, what would I do?
Me: – she gave me no chance to answer –
She: I could spend that much in a WEEK!!
She: Well, after the facelift, boob job, butt lift, new car, house and the money to maintain the house….wait, I need a new computer and a camera. You know, I’ve never had any REALLY good jewelry either. Oh & after the butt lift and boob job, nothing’s going to fit, so I need a wardrobe. I don’t know WHERE I want to buy a house. I HATE IT HERE, there are no men.
Me: So move
She: OK, but I need to find a city where there are lots of eligible men. I guess I’ll have to travel…….A LOT. That’s it. Your other friend met a guy who was on vacation in Florida. I’ll go on vacation and meet guys.
Me: Why can’t you meet any guys where you are?
She: They’re all stupid here. The don’t want relationships.
Me: And you think it’s going to be different somewhere else?
She: Yes, it’s just here.
She: When I figure it out, I’ll only have about $200,000 or less to pay the monthly bills. I won’t get enough interest to pay the taxes, electricity, phone, etc. ONE MILLION isn’t enough. What would you do?
Me: You’ve got me caught up in this frenzy now. I’d have my face done too. But, I like my car and I like where I live.
Me: I’d invest it and spend the interest. I think I’d spend it on experiences
Me: I’d spend it on experiences. I’d want the money to change my life. I want to meet people, experience different cultures, make friends, etc.
She: So, you’d TRAVEL?
Me: Yes and other things.
Me: Well, first I’d go to France (because I used to live there) and I miss it, and besides then I wouldn’t need a facelift because the culture admires aging women. So, the heck with the facelift.
She: But, what would you BUY?
Me: I don’t know, I’d buy what I need.
Me: I guess I don’t need a million dollars, I do that now.
She: Yeah, you do. How come you get to do those things and I don’t?
I thought about it over night. We’re very different people and we see our world through different eyes. For her it’s about QUANTITY – MORE will make me HAPPY (yet, she’s never happy – because there’s never enough). I like QUALITY.
QUALITY experiences, meeting people, making connections, seeing, eating, smelling new experiences. I can keep those things FOREVER – while her new car is in the REPAIR shop, I’ve still got my memories and relationships. QUALITY of LIFE TRUMPS Quantity EVERY time (for me at least).