My father was a career counselor that studied with Richard N. Bolles many years ago.
As a result of this background, he always taught me a bunch of stuff about life direction, how to do the work that matters to you, etc. I was brought up with this stuff; it was normal to me.
One thing he said to me was: “I ask people what they would like to do if they had everything taken care of, all the money they need, forever.”
One guy said he wanted to open a grocery store. He had spent all this time in one when he was younger and it brought him a lot of joy to spend time in that kind of place. So he opened one, and loved it.
When I was young, he asked me too. I said: “I’d take care of trees.” (Not even really sure what that means.)
What would you do? Would you focus on your family, or try to change the world? Would you do something for yourself? Where would your priorities be?
The interesting thing is that we really don’t need as much money as we think we do. So much of it is superfluous and doesn’t really make us happy, so these things are far closer within reach than we think they are.
So what would you do? Think about it for a sec, and write the first thing that comes to mind below.