Apr. 28th, 2016

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I find it very interesting when someone wins the lottery and announces that they're going to continue to work. To be perfectly honest with myself, I think if I won enough money in the lottery that I would never have to work again... I probably wouldn't. Of course, that's easy to say, after a few years I would probably get bored. Maybe. I've known plenty of folks who don't work (and in this case I'm using the word "work" to define something that you do that you are getting paid to do) for a variety of reasons - some who physically can't work, some who stay home with their kids (or grandkids - and kids are definitely work even though you don't get paid for them), I even used to know a gal whose husband made enough money that she didn't have to work and so she didn't (they did plan to have kids but at the time they didn't have any).

So if you *could* work, but you didn't *have to* work... would you? If you had enough in the bank that you could live comfortably for the rest of your life, would you choose to work anyway?

This kind of came up because of a couple of things at work. One was that a gal who works here told me that her first boss here left because apparently she won multiple millions in the lottery, but a couple years later she was back to working. Also, I had a conversation with a gal here who is leaving and taking a demotion just so she won't have to work here anymore. We were talking about our parents and what they thought they were going to do when they retired. She said her dad got sick and died unexpectedly just before he was going to retire, and my dad was already sick when he retired at 65, and now at 72 is fully bedbound. My friend at work retired at 65 and three years later she passed away. You can't actually live every day like it's your last, but it's incredibly depressing to think about working and working and working and working and then finally getting to retirement and just dying (or being really sick) instead of getting to enjoy it. My mom, who has always been in the 'save as much as you can' camp recently told me I should go ahead and get the stuff I want instead of waiting for it (I mentioned in conversation that I think I'd like to get a sectional eventually and she was all ready to come over and help me measure for it).

I feel like there are enough books and movies and places go to and things to do that I could easily keep myself happily entertained for a very long time. Maybe I would hate it or get bored or something, I don't know, I just don't feel like I'd really miss working.


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