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If you were independently wealthy and didn't have to work for a living, what would you do with your time and money?<br><br>
It doesn't matter how you would come to have your money: Winning the lottery, receiving an inheritance, smart investments, bank robbery, etc. (Just kidding about that last one) If you had enough income to live on comfortably for the rest of your life, what would you do with yourself?<br><br>
Apparently I'm due for this type of inheritance, but I have to wait for my mother to die. She's 85 years old she's a stubborn you-know-what, she could hang on for years... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
This is a work in progress, but for me:<br><br>
Definitely quit my current job, since I currently travel 60 miles a day, on the days I work, and I'm always exhausted. I don't work full time so I don't get a whole lot of money for my trouble.<br><br>
I would definitely do some traveling. I'd have to renew my expired passport, but I want to visit a lot of places! Italy and Greece and Japan, for starters. I'd have to get someone to take care of my cats while I'm gone, but I'd be able to afford it.<br><br>
I would volunteer at the local animal shelter. I understand that newbie volunteers are often assigned the dirtiest work (dog poop, ew!), but <i>someone</i> has to do it, and if it makes the animals happy, so much the better! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
Take all the history classes offered at Santa Monica College (a community college). I quit college and went to work when I was young, so I never got a college degree, and I'd only be earning an AA (Associate of Arts) degree, but at least it would be <i>something.</i> And history is a subject I've loved all my life, so they would be <i>fun</i> classes to take.<br><br>
I could drop a wad at Whole Paycheck and Trader Joe's without worrying about going over my grocery budget and not having coupons to save a dollar here and there. (Okay, who am I kidding, I'd still clip coupons LOL!)<br><br>
I'd buy some of the latest electronic gadgets that I drool over when I see other people play with theirs.
 

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I would quit my job to start with. Then I would go to college to get a bachelors degree in something. Once I had that taken care of I would go to Japan or China and study Martial arts and the local culture.
 

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I would adopt a bunch of kids and spend my days looking after them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Buy a nice flat, so I knew I always had a place to live at least. Might build an ecohouse in the country too. Definitely install solar panels in my apartment though. I'm just sick of moving every six months or so, I want somewhere to live for a good while.<br><br>
Buy a really nice bike. My current one I bought a few days ago for £55 and it's great, but a really expensive one and the 'New York' U-Lock would be good too.<br><br>
Get a tattoo that I've wanted for a while but can't afford.<br><br>
Pay back student debt.<br><br>
Attend moar shows!<br><br>
Make 'zines, do volunteer work, animal activism, watch a lot of tv... learn some martial arts. Krav Maga maybe? And work out a lot more.
 

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I'd still be in school (studying biology and/or fine arts) the rest of my life, no matter what--in a perfect world.
 

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Travel. Do yoga. Eat amazing food. Drink great wine. I would just live life.<br>
I would homeschool my daughter as we travelled the world. I would volunteer more.
 

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I'm not wealthy but I don't produce income at the moment. My husband pays the bills because he's good at making money He jokes that I'm "allergic" to making money because i have plenty of talents but i just dont use them to produce an income.<br><br>
I spend my time being a mom to my son and doing vegan education/activism.<br><br>
Be careful what you wish for. Learning to survive without having a job can be liberating but so much of our identity is tied to work. I often feel like I just don't belong anywhere and no one understands or appreciates me. No one treats what I do as work and really values it. I have many days where I think to myself that I'd be happier if I had a real job.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ElaineV</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2827768"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Be careful what you wish for. Learning to survive without having a job can be liberating but so much of our identity is tied to work. I often feel like I just don't belong anywhere and no one understands or appreciates me. No one treats what I do as work and really values it.</div>
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This is very true.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ElaineV</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2827768"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
Be careful what you wish for. Learning to survive without having a job can be liberating but so much of our identity is tied to work. I often feel like I just don't belong anywhere and no one understands or appreciates me. No one treats what I do as work and really values it. I have many days where I think to myself that I'd be happier if I had a real job.</div>
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Definitely something to this! My ex made a lot of money, so much so that I didn't have to work and could focus on raising my two small children. It ended up being part of the end of us because he saw no value in me. Eventually that attitude about me rubbed off on me.<br><br>
Were I to find myself in such a position now, I would cut back to part time hours at work. I really am one of those weird people who absolutely loves my job. Then I would have more time to take my kids on trips to everywhere. I would also probably consider adopting 1-2 more children. My big indulgence would be to hire a chef.
 

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Like ElaineV, I don't work at a "real" job, and haven't for the past 11 years. My husband works, and does well, so I am able to stay home with our daughter. Kelly is an adult, but she's mentally disabled, and to find acceptable daycare for her has been difficult for a number of reasons.<br><br>
So, I volunteer - with a shelter and it's spay/neuter clinic and with a local animal rights group. I paint, I sew, I belong to 2 bookclubs. I exercise daily. I go to farmers markets in good weather and I cook quite a bit.<br><br>
The only thing that is missing is more travel. But that will come when the husband retires.<br><br>
But like ElaineV says, your identity, in this culture anyway, is often confused with what you <i>do</i>. My involvement with our shelter is almost like a job - I have responsibility and people rely on me for certain tasks. And that's a good thing - I think my sanity is better for it!
 

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But like ElaineV says, your identity, in this culture anyway, is often confused with what you <i>do</i>. My involvement with our shelter is almost like a job - I have responsibility and people rely on me for certain tasks. And that's a good thing - I think my sanity is better for it!</div>
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That is why I think I would enjoy volunteering at an animal shelter a certain number of days a week. It would give me a routine to stick to, give me satisfaction, give me something important to do, and get me out of the house when I have nothing else to do.
 

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I'd quit my job, make sure my family was financially secure, then splurge on my dream home and probably spend my days volunteering.
 

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Longtime daydream: to have a sailboat and do some tropical island-hopping.
 

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This may be received poorly by some, but I think you're very lucky and I'm happy for you; this is like my DREAM that will not happen. Financial security and freedom to just BE ME, with no effort on my part? WOW. I may have my dream, but it won't be due to an inheritance.<br><br>
I think you should do exactly as you planned.<br><br>
I would live my life as I do now with LOTS more travel and meaningful volunteerism. I'd start a nonprofit (or more than one) and be a traveling philanthropist. I'd start scholarships for veg*ns who have had similar life experiences to me. I'd buy a home and breathe a sigh of relief!
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If you were independently wealthy and didn't have to work for a living, what would you do with your time and money?<br><br>
It doesn't matter how you would come to have your money: Winning the lottery, receiving an inheritance, smart investments, bank robbery, etc. (Just kidding about that last one) If you had enough income to live on comfortably for the rest of your life, what would you do with yourself?<br><br>
Apparently I'm due for this type of inheritance, but I have to wait for my mother to die. She's 85 years old she's a stubborn you-know-what, she could hang on for years... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
This is a work in progress, but for me:<br><br>
Definitely quit my current job, since I currently travel 60 miles a day, on the days I work, and I'm always exhausted. I don't work full time so I don't get a whole lot of money for my trouble.<br><br>
I would definitely do some traveling. I'd have to renew my expired passport, but I want to visit a lot of places! Italy and Greece and Japan, for starters. I'd have to get someone to take care of my cats while I'm gone, but I'd be able to afford it.<br><br>
I would volunteer at the local animal shelter. I understand that newbie volunteers are often assigned the dirtiest work (dog poop, ew!), but <i>someone</i> has to do it, and if it makes the animals happy, so much the better! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
Take all the history classes offered at Santa Monica College (a community college). I quit college and went to work when I was young, so I never got a college degree, and I'd only be earning an AA (Associate of Arts) degree, but at least it would be <i>something.</i> And history is a subject I've loved all my life, so they would be <i>fun</i> classes to take.<br><br>
I could drop a wad at Whole Paycheck and Trader Joe's without worrying about going over my grocery budget and not having coupons to save a dollar here and there. (Okay, who am I kidding, I'd still clip coupons LOL!)<br><br>
I'd buy some of the latest electronic gadgets that I drool over when I see other people play with theirs.</div>
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I'd spend my time gardening and painting.<br>
Open up a vegan bakery with an awesome colorful interior design (I might do that in the future who knows) with maybe a small vegan grocery shop.<br>
I'd volunteer a lot.<br>
Get myself a camping van, camp every now and then, start hiking.
 

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I'm not wealthy but I don't produce income at the moment. My husband pays the bills because he's good at making money He jokes that I'm "allergic" to making money because i have plenty of talents but i just dont use them to produce an income.<br><br>
I spend my time being a mom to my son and doing vegan education/activism.<br><br>
Be careful what you wish for. Learning to survive without having a job can be liberating but so much of our identity is tied to work. I often feel like I just don't belong anywhere and no one understands or appreciates me. No one treats what I do as work and really values it. I have many days where I think to myself that I'd be happier if I had a real job.</div>
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Like ElaineV, I don't work at a "real" job, and haven't for the past 11 years. My husband works, and does well, so I am able to stay home with our daughter. Kelly is an adult, but she's mentally disabled, and to find acceptable daycare for her has been difficult for a number of reasons.<br><br>
So, I volunteer - with a shelter and it's spay/neuter clinic and with a local animal rights group. I paint, I sew, I belong to 2 bookclubs. I exercise daily. I go to farmers markets in good weather and I cook quite a bit.<br><br>
The only thing that is missing is more travel. But that will come when the husband retires.<br><br>
But like ElaineV says, your identity, in this culture anyway, is often confused with what you <i>do</i>. My involvement with our shelter is almost like a job - I have responsibility and people rely on me for certain tasks. And that's a good thing - I think my sanity is better for it!</div>
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Your lives sound amazing. I would so love to be in a situation like you have!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I'd quit my job, make sure my family was financially secure, then splurge on my dream home and probably spend my days volunteering.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> Volunteering is the best. I do a LOT of it now and if I didn't have to be concerned with earning money it would take on an even more prominent position in my world.
 

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I would take a trip around the world, travel until it got boring. Then, I'd be a different person, so I don't know what that person would want to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I saw a show recently about people in India who were so poor all they had to eat was rice with "rice sauce" and the occasional rat. I'd love to help people like that.<br><br>
I have a friend who is going to inherit millions, but is pretty broke now. Why do parents make their children wait until they die? I'd rather watch my children enjoy the money while I was alive, than wait around for me to die.
 

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I would take a trip around the world, travel until it got boring. Then, I'd be a different person, so I don't know what that person would want to do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I saw a show recently about people in India who were so poor all they had to eat was rice with "rice sauce" and the occasional rat. I'd love to help people like that.<br><br>
I have a friend who is going to inherit millions, but is pretty broke now. Why do parents make their children wait until they die? I'd rather watch my children enjoy the money while I was alive, than wait around for me to die.</div>
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I think the purpose of not giving them all the money, is so they understand the value of work and learn how to budget. If they never learn that then once the parents are gone and not able to keep them in check, they might just blow it all and then have nothing left. I am not saying that learning the lessons will prevent them from blowing it and having nothing left. I think parents would rather their children be able to live a nice long life, then see them happily spending all the money.
 

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I have to say my identity is not tied to work. I'm single and very independent.<br><br>
I would of coarse not work. Do much more crafting. Probably exercise more. I just want to be off my feet when not working. I'd love to travel but then having animals that makes it hard. Boarding them is stressful and a worry.<br><br>
I would however, have to work very hard at not becoming reclusive. Through life I have become not a people person. I fear many people. I could easily never want to leave the house if I didn't have to. For me, work is my survival. Without it, I'm on the street. It's not my identity. In fact it often makes me feel terrible about myself. Yet I'm grateful for the employment.<br><br>
When I fully retire. I'm going to get a little dog who will force me to go outside.<br><br>
As much as I would love to not work, right now, it probably wouldn't be the best for me.
 
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