Spend fifty million Pounds

Week thirty seven in the wake up journey

Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
Sep 05, 2016
2
10
Upvote 2 Comment

Week thirty seven’s ‘wake up’ challenge couldn’t have been any easier. We were asked to get a piece of paper, a pen and write down a list of things we would buy if we had fifty million pound to spend!

At first I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to buy. For inspiration my mind was cast back to the days when I had a million and one idea’s what to spend millions of pounds on. Back to the days when the Nation Lottery first exploded onto the nations TV screens. Sarah and I would buy a ticket and just before the draw we would get overly excited and ask ourselves, “What will we do if we win?” Then our fantasies would roll and roll until the draw was made and we didn’t win. We would wait for another week to dream again. At some point in the next year or two we stopped buying lottery tickets and were resigned to the notion we would never win. We never believed we were lucky. And that was that.

Even though years have passed by and dreams have come and gone I can honestly say that at this time in my life the piece of paper is blank. I’m in a really good place. Yes it would be nice if the mortgage was paid off. Yes it would be nice to go on a world tour as long as we could take Bobby and my parents. Yes it would be good to retire early and be able to indulge in a thousand and one hobbies or interests. Yes it would be nice to have a new car unlike the beat up Nissan we’ve had for around nine years with bits falling off it on a regular basis (actually I think it’s quirky and original). But in truth there is no point in the exercise of writing down everything I’d buy if money was no object. Why? Because I don’t think I care. I don’t really care that much about it. I’m happy in the direction I’m travelling. I don’t even care if people think I’m being pretentious or economical with the truth. Fifty million pound is not going to change my world that much. The only thing it would do is free me from the shackles of work which would be nice - very nice. As for possessions and stuff I'm not interested. I certainly wouldn’t move house or change the direction I’m heading in. The view from this window is good.

So, prove me wrong. Someone prove me wrong. Get that fifty million pound out.

My piece of paper is still blank and the pen hasn’t moved.

It’s still blank…

Seriously it’s still blank…

I think I’ll make good use of the piece of paper and write down a shopping list… dog food, bread, pasta, chopped tomatoes, beans…

Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy

Mark Cuddy

Someone who learned to wake up

10 Comments

Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
Chris Baréz-Brown almost 2 years ago

Ha! Fantastic. Sounds like you have a great life Mark. Bravo! C x

Go to the profile of Ffi Ffi Trixibelle
Ffi Ffi Trixibelle almost 2 years ago

Mark you're in such a good place right now- long may it continue :) maybe you could buy Bobster a new lead .... :)

Go to the profile of Ffi Ffi Trixibelle
Ffi Ffi Trixibelle almost 2 years ago

Mark you're in such a good place right now- long may it continue :) maybe you could buy Bobster a new lead .... :)

Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
Mark Cuddy almost 2 years ago

Cheers Chris and Fi for your nice comments. Fi, the Bobster has three leads (one chewed obviously) and just like me the Bobster's learned a thing or two about stuffocation! And you are so right, I am in a good place right now and I will be here for some time I can tell you. Take care, take it easy and keep on smiling and saying "yeah-yeah"!

Go to the profile of Jacqui
Jacqui almost 2 years ago

You sound so happy with your life and it is lovely!

Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
Mark Cuddy almost 2 years ago

Cheers Jacqui, I am very happy because for the first time in my life I'm happy with what I've got, happy where I'm going and most importantly I'm in control of who I am and my emotions too. My regrets I've come to except and if people don't get me or don't trust my intentions then I have no say in that so it doesn't bother me - I can't please everybody all of the time. I know I'm a top person, ha - I don't care how that sounds because I AM (how's that for confidence?). Once again thanks for your kind comments,the journey's been incredible! (there's goes another exclamation mark and brackets). Take it easy

Go to the profile of Vanessa
Vanessa almost 2 years ago

Well, you could buy a ticket to Paris and stop angling after mine ;-)
Seriously, though, it's great to read such a contented post, and to know there are people in the world who understand the value of enough. Even though you do make me feel a bit materialistic (what can I say, in my previous life I was a magpie and I love pretty things...)

Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
Mark Cuddy almost 2 years ago

Vanessa, we are all different. This time last year I would have had spent the fifty million squid and still found ways to spend some more. I've changed for the better and for good. I used to be as materialistic as the next person. Not anymore (a smile cracks across my face). As for Paris I might take Sarah next year. We've been once before but (surprise, surprise) it was for a Springsteen concert! I did like it though. Take it easy - I'm looking forward to reading your Paris trip - yeah-yeah! Or as they say in France; "yeah-yeah"

Go to the profile of Vanessa
Vanessa almost 2 years ago

Oui-oui...

Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
Mark Cuddy almost 2 years ago

Ha, ha, ha - very good Vanessa. Made me laugh that but I think you will find they do say "yeah-yeah" in France. They stopped saying "Oui" because for most of the world "oui" obviously does sounds like "wee" - very confusing for the young mind that one. So they are now embracing "yeah-yeah" and who knows "yeah-yeah" could take over the world and people would be more happy and content for sure. yeah-yeah!!! Or as they say in... maybe not. Take it easy and bon voyage mademoiselle (I am seriously just making this up as I go along)