Ten dollars is hardly a ton of money, but it may give you insight into what truly makes you happy. Currently I’m reading an amazing book called Making a Living Without a Job, revised edition: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love
If you’ve ever thought of being an entrepreneur, I would highly recommend it. Well, last night the chapter was titled, The Spaghetti Years. In other words, when you don’t really have much money. As is typical when I’m reading, one sentence might pop out at me and cause me to ponder it’s meaning. The question was, “What would you do for fun if you only had ten dollars to spend on it?” Now, let me add a bit, you actually have to do something with the money that is FUN! You can’t say, “well, it’s fun for me to buy gas in my car.” Think about it for a bit. What would you do for fun with just ten bucks? I’d love to have you leave a comment and tell me what you would do. Don’t read further until you have created the picture in your head. You’ll get to share it later.
I presented the question to my boyfriend yesterday. We both thought about our answers before sharing them with each other. I told him, I would go to a grocery store and buy some fun finger foods. For those who know me, cute food really is fun for me. So, I would buy some cute food, put a gallon of gas in my car, and drive to the lake. I would have a little picnic, frolic through the water, and relax on the beach with a book (from my bookshelf because I obviously wouldn’t have enough money to buy a new book). I could actually see the whole thing play out in my mind. I can almost feel the waves rushing at my feet. I can smell the water. I can feel the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the water. Just thinking about it, gives me a sense of calm. I could do it! I could actually do it today if I wanted.
Mike, on the other hand, had a completely different picture form in his head. He is going to buy chips, salsa, and pop, and invite a couple over to play cards. I almost laughed out loud when he said this because of several reasons. Number one, he doesn’t drink pop or eat chips. Number two, he’s kind of a hermit type. He doesn’t really like people all that much.
He commented that it was funny that I, who is the people person of the couple, wanted to go off by myself. And he, the hermit of the couple, wanted to have people around.
This made me wonder if that simple little ten dollar experiment is a small key into our happiness. Maybe there are things we don’t allow ourselves to do, that really don’t cost hardly anything, but for some reason, we simply don’t do them. Hmm…perhaps they take us out of our comfort zone? But we know deep down somewhere, that it’s something we want to do.
Now, in the comments below I would love to have you tell me the story that goes along with your picture of what you would do with your ten “fun” bucks. Did you discover anything interesting about what you chose to do? Now, what’s stopping you from doing it?
One of these days – I’ll see you at the lake! – or at the grocery store, buying some cute food for my fun adventure.