Fifty Million

Week 37 of 'The Great Wake Up!'

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What would I do if I won fifty million pounds? That was the subject of this week's experiment. Not only did we have to consider this question but we had to write down our answers.

I love making lists. For me, they help me free up space in my mind. Once my thoughts are on paper I don't have to worry about remembering them, my mind feels clearer and I can focus better on other things.

After I'd finished I thought about sharing my list on here, but decided it was personal to me and that I preferred to keep that part of the experiment to myself. It's probably more useful to people if I share what I'd learned through doing this exercise instead:

1. Making the list was harder than I thought: I thought it would be easy to write a list of things I'd do with all that money. I don't know about you, but I'm always thinking about the things I don't have, wishing I had what others had, instead of concentrating on what I have. Because of this I thought I'd be there for at least an hour, filling up several sheets of paper with my thoughts. But it didn't quite go like that. I struggled to think of things and when I did get going, the list wasn't as long as I'd expected. I learned that, in reality, I was probably a lot more content with what I had than I led myself to believe and I needed to focus more on those things.

2. It has helped me realise what is important to me: Identifying those things I'd do if money wasn't an issue helped me understand what I really value. Obviously there were some things on the list that were simply nice to have, but on the whole I could spot themes in what I'd written that helped me learn what was truly important to me.

3. There were things on the list that I could start doing now: I didn't need to wait until I had fifty million pounds before I could do some of the things I wanted to do. Things like spending more time with loved ones, for example, could be achieved now if I made the effort. It's all about making the time for these things and not letting other, less important stuff get in the way.

Now that I have written these things down I can keep this list to refer back to when I find myself getting caught up and distracted by things that aren't helpful to me, and when I feel myself getting stressed. It will remind me of what's important to me and to focus more time on those things, helping me to get a better balance. This way I also hope that I can live a life that is more authentic and connected


I started off as a Great Wake Up! blogger but that wonderful project has sadly come to an end so now I am writing about being an introvert. I, like many other introverts, can feel lost as more and more value is placed on the number of connections we make rather than their quality. I often find myself in situations where I don't fit in and where louder people get a greater share of the focus. I am regularly seen as 'the quiet one' as if somehow that is a bad thing, when in fact, I think it's a pretty good thing. This blog is about my journey to find out more about the introvert personality and embrace my quiet side.


Go to the profile of Annette Hogan
about 5 years ago
Many lottery winners end up very unhappy, maybe that is because they forget what it important like spending time with those we love..........
I am going to write my list Preeti and see what I would do with £50 million
Go to the profile of Vanessa
about 5 years ago
I love the way this experiment has highlighted things we can introduce now that have nothing to do with money...
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
about 5 years ago
Great insight Preeti, thank you, big love Chris xx