I dont know if any of you heard about this but the Mega Millions Jackpot for yesterday was $355 million. This was across 41 states and included Washington DC.
Ok, so the odds of mw getting into a car accident on my way to purchase my ticket is higher than the odds of me winning…So even though my dad actaully offered to give me five bucks to try, I passed.
But this got me thinking about money….and how it can make people funny (I know, that rhyme was lame).
My mom and dad were never “rich”. We were upper middle class at best, but there were time in my life when money was tight and times we did a little better. We never had luxurious cars or a big house. But there was always food on the table. I never got everything I wanted but I didn’t NEED anything.
A lot of time, finances overlap out mental issues. IT can go either way. I personally have trouble spending a lot on myself. But I know people that were with me in my treatment that had severe cases of malnourishment that had shopping addictions. While in treatment, we went weekly to CVS and my roommate would by so many lotions, body sprays, and other useless things. Eventually, my treatment center told her she could only spend a certain amount. Me? I usually ended up with a pack of gum if anything.
I know some people that judge potential dates according to their jobs or financial situations. I can tell you from my experience on Millionaire Matchmaker, that millions won’t buy you charisma. But alas there is no shortage of women that will dismiss guy if his financial situation is shoddy. Granted, no one wants to date someone irresponsible. But with the economy being so bad, and with formerly wealthy people having to actually wipe their ass these days, I’m hoping we all can be a little more forgiving about each other’s financial situations.
But back to me…..
Anyhow, there are members of my distant family that are wealthy. And there are some that are I know are barely living paycheck to paycheck, if there even is a paycheck. I think no one in my family will starve because I sure hope the richer ones will be a little benevolent and forgo a new prada bag to help out.
I’d like to say that after treatment, I had gotten better about spending on myself….but not really. Just like I’d like to say I’m 100% recovered. I still will wear my socks until they have holes before I will buy new ones, I’ll still forgo fancy dinners at restuarants when I can whip up the same dish for 1/4 of the price. But I think if there is anything I’ve learned up until this point about money, its that I don’t like money, I dont need a lot of it to be happy, but I would like enough to keep my anxiety down. I dont know where I read this, but someone once said this and it sums up how I feel: “I don’t like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves”. Yep.
How do you feel about money? What would you do if you won that jackpot?
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