Friday, April 07, 2006
What's My Dream Life?
City Girl had a post up about what her dream life would be...and it got me thinking...what would my dream life be? Makes sense that you need to have an idea of what you want to achieve, and the idea has to be composed of more than just some big fancy number...like $2.5 million. So what would my dream life be? Well, for starters I'd want a modest house that's well kept and not in major need of repair. If it had a nice view of the mountains or the ocean, that'd be great, but not a necessity. A good neighborhood and neighbors are way more important to me. I'd want a fairly large, grassy, fenced yard, maybe 5000-10000 square feet, with no dangerous plants so my dog can romp around without a care...It'd help if there were no holes or spots where he could crawl into and get all dirty as well. Speaking of my dog, I'd want to get him a companion to play with, maybe a beagle or possibly another lab. Then I'd want a nice garage, could be an open one, as long as it keeps the rain out, and has enough room for two cars, my daily driver and my weekend car. What should I get as my "weekend car"??
Things would change with a family...maybe a 3 car garage then :). I'd also want my house to be completely CAT-5 wired, of course wireless would be available as well, but the CAT-5 would allow me to have gigabit ethernet :D. Broadband Internet is nice, but I'd like to have some type of Internet2 connection or at least a service like FIOS...super fast Internet. I'd have to have a few big DLP projection TVs...That's kind of odd now that I look at it, a modest house, but tons of fancy gadgets inside...yeah, that sounds just right! I don't want it to be all flashy from the outside.
Hmmm, what else? Oh yeah the finances...How can I forget that? I'd like to have enough money to eat out every night and buy electronics without real concern for my net worth. Actually, I'd always have a concern for that, which is why I don't know if I could ever really spend what I'd want to spend...at least at one time anyway. Optimally, if I could live off of dividends and interest, that would be where I'd like to be. I'd say a yearly net income from investments of $150,000k, with $50k going back to grow my net worth, while the $100,000k would be for me. How can I forget??? And no debt!
I'd also like to be able to donate time and money to my high school and the humane society. I'd like to be able to work on my computers, take some classes on computers, work on some fun web stuff, maybe have a side business that doesn't entail too much labor (am I lazy or what?!?!), and I'd like to learn how to play the guitar. I have no musical talent so this would probably take up a large chunk of my time. Finally, I'd want to be able to sleep in until whenever I wanted everyday...then get up and not have a to worry or think about anything I don't want to that day...like computer problems or deadlines!
Now if, I could buy a house for my family and friends, and support them financially, that would really make my dream, but I want to be somewhat realistic in dreaming too...lol. So there it is...And I think $2.5mil would be able to cover all that...how about you? What's your dream life? PS I might be revising this every so often. It seems like I keep thinking of other things for my dream when I hit the "Publish Post" button. :)