Monday, November 26, 2012
The Powerball lottery is up to $425 million now...the biggest one ever.
My husband and I don't play the lottery, except when it gets to historic numbers like it is now. When that happens, we join the masses and we each by one, and only one, ticket. We carefully pick our numbers and then for a couple days until the drawing, we have fun dreaming and talking about what we would do differently. It's worth $2 a couple times a year, just for the fun of dreaming.
Anyway, this morning at breakfast, we talked about what we would do if we won. We would still go on our planned bicycle tour after my husband retires in June, but we'd probably get a "Sherpa" to help carry our "stuff" and we would probably stay in hotels more and camp less.
We both agreed that we wouldn't want to buy more "stuff". We feel weighted down my all the stuff we already own. We'd give part of our winnings to our families and charities that concern us and use the rest to take vacations. That is what we would do!
Anyway, after breakfast, I started looking around our condo. If I won the lottery, I realized I would actually get rid of a lot of "stuff" I've been hanging onto. I hang onto these things just in case we need them. After all, we paid good money for all this "stuff!" Even though I try to be good about cleaning out closets etc, I still have clothing I haven't worn for several years.....party items I never use.....funiture I don't particularly care for.
You get the idea.
Not to change the subject completely, but with my husband retiring in June we are in the process of moving a lot of our "stuff" from our condo in the Chicagoland area to our retirement house in Tennessee. In fact, we plan to do a partial move over the Christmas holidays and I've been trying to figure out what to move and what to leave behind.
Mind you, we have had our house in Tennessee for almost seven years now, so it's pretty much completely furnished. (Did I mention we have too much STUFF?)
As I was looking around the condo this morning, I realized I could use the "what if I won the lottery question" as one of my decision making tools to decide what to take with us and what to leave. If I won the lottery, would I still want to keep a particular item, or would I feel that it's too old, too worn out, too unliked to be cluttering up my life. Using that criteria, there would be very little that would actually get moved. Most of it would be given away.
I'm a big believer of needing to let go of the old to make room for the new. So as I spend the next few weeks packing before the Christmas holidays, I'll be asking myself...what if I won the lottery.....
A lot less stuff will have to be moved!