I was in my local tattslotto shop the other day buying my regular tickets when I noticed a big sign declaring that they had sold a winning ticket. It had been a syndicate and twenty people had won $200,000 each. The shop assistant was pretty excited about it as I imagined the lucky winners were too.
It got me thinking about how life can change for us so rapidly. Either positively like winning tattslotto or negatively like getting injured or losing something or someone important to us. We can go through our life taking things for granted and not really fully appreciating it.
I did think for a few moments as well though what it would mean to win that amount of money. I thought about the choices you would have about how to spend it. It certainly wouldn't be enough to last you forever but it could put a bit of a dent in a mortgage, help out with the retirement planning we all need to do or take you off on a pretty good overseas trip. It could buy a few fancy pieces of furniture or statues for the home, or a complete redecoration perhaps.
So having some extra cash could bring a bit of gold into our lives that for sure. Both literally and figuratively speaking our lives could be enriched in ways that are difficult to do on a wage with a set amount coming in each week.
I also reminded myself of the stories we hear about people winning tattslotto and becoming really unhappy, perhaps even unhappier than they were before. Relationships can fray and break. Old things they appreciate get lost in the new life they find themselves caught up in. Expectations can change. Overspending it can cause regret.
So I got myself to a point of realising that there's enough gold around me to make me happy. It's really how I choose to discover it firstly and then to use it.