What If Money Was No Object?

“It is better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than to have a long life that is spent in a miserable way.” – Alan Watts

If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you be doing with your life right now? This video clip made the rounds on Facebook some months back, but it has stuck with me.

If money was no object I know what I would do, I would travel the world – log as many miles as I could and see as much as possible.  I would go to the sophisticated places but I would also visit the raw spots, because raw is just another form of beauty. I would make an effort to sink into the places where I land – connect with the people, and invite the culture to inhabit me for a while.  If I dug down to my most courageous, throw-caution-to-the-wind self, I would lobby hard to convince Steve and the girls to sell our superfluous stuff and just go, I would yank the kids out of school, circle the globe with them, and let the people and cultures we meet be our teachers (oh, the value of that kind of education!)  And I would write about our experiences.

Expansive travel is most definitely my deepest dream.  In a job interview years ago (for a lobbying position), I was asked what I would be doing if I could do anything, and as if I had a Tourette’s tic, this answer popped out of my mouth: “oh, I would travel the world and write about it.”  As soon as I’d said it, I got the feeling that I wasn’t the only person in the room who wished they were bold enough to follow their bliss because the most interesting, non-lobbying-job-related conversation ensued.

“The more you have traveled, the more you realize how little you have seen.” – Gunther Holtorf

Truer words were never spoken.  Gunther’s travel journey thrills and inspires me.  If I could make something like this happen, I would jump off of that cliff in a heartbeat and wait to see what color the parachute was that opened when I did.   (Thank you to photographer David Lemke who put this fabulous video together.)

I’m pretty sure I know what Stevie-D would do – spend as much time as is humanly possible behind the wheel of a race car, traveling in a toter-home (shipping the whole shebang across oceans when necessary) and putting red push pins into a map to mark each new track that he’s driven.

Since I have this wicked wanderlust and his biggest wish also involves travel, maybe we can work something out so that everyone wins.

If you could follow your bliss, what would that look like?  If you already are, my hat is off to you.  If you aren’t yet, are you doing anything to move toward making that happen in your life?  Tell me, because I would love to hear what dream you hold for yourself in the deepest recess of your desires. Here’s a little background music for you as ponder this question.

About Chris DeVinney

Me in a nutshell: mom, writer, former lobbyist, wife, volunteer, lover of music and art, massive fan of traveling, and something of a smart ass. A typical INTJ, I quietly observe anyone and anything that comes into my orbit, squirreling away material for future essays. These days I spend my time writing about whatever interests me (both professionally and personally) and trying to strike the balance between taking care of kids/family/house/pets and me. Occasionally I nail it, hang on to it briefly, and then scramble back toward the center when the tipping starts again. I know, it’s a common story.
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3 Responses to What If Money Was No Object?

  1. Jeannie says:

    Jeff said if money were no object, he’d probably be doing the same thing that he’s doing now, only taking more vacations. He does have it pretty good though…he sets lunch for an hour or so every day at the beach, and doesn’t have to answer to a boss.

    I would definitely travel more and connect with people.

  2. monocurious says:

    I love it for you, (and love that you have it all planned out, which will you get you closer to your dream) and I’m entertained by the idea of you acknowledging your dream-without skipping a beat-when asked about it on a job interview. (Did you end up landing the job?)

  3. Carolyn Dishman says:

    I realize that at this time of my life I want to spend time with people whom I love and enjoy, no matter where in the world they are.

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