Wednesday, 14 April 2010

17 Million Pounds



My dad bought me a present today; a lottery ticket. The prize is 17 million. Exciting, yes, but I think I'm one of the few people who has never really wondered whatwould do if I won the lottery.

I'm just not motivated by money. Yes, I know, that is becuse I'm fortunate enough not to have ever really had to worry about it. I've been brought up in a nice area, and my parent work hard. They are both from working class backgrounds and have done well to get us in the position we are today. We are financially secure, but in now way to we have a lot of money. We have a nice house and my mum has a company car and we go on holiday once a year, but we dont splurge.

And I've always known the value of money. I am a little spoilt. I'm the first to admit that. But I've worked constantly since I was sixteen (expect for the seven or eight months when I started uni) and I've saved a lot of money over that time. I still have money left from my first job which I left over a year and a half ago. I do love to shop, but I buy little and often; the only really expensive thing I've ever bought was my iPod touch. I work hard for my money, and I fully appreciate it. I have two jobs now and I wouldn't have it any other way. I enjoy working and I enjoy the freedom and independence of my own money that I earn. My parents help me through uni and for livng costs, but I buy all the things I want for myself I buy myself.

So anyway, I was thinking about the concept of winning the lottery. How much would that really change my life? I'd still carry on with my degree, I'd still be living in Selly Oak, still be going to America next year, still have all the dreams and aspirations that I have now. Okay, I could pay off my student loan and buy more clothes, but they'd probably still be from Top Shop, I might just upgrade to Urban Outfitters. I'd still want to be a journalist, I'd still carry on wih this blog and winning the lottery wouldn't really affect any of that. Okay, maybe I could start my own magazine, but still. Being rich wouldn't guarentee Glamour would give me work experience, let alone a job.

I'd never want to not work. I hate being bored. I enjoy going out and achieving something, and I can't wait to find a job that I love. I'd hate to just be rich and do nothing. I plan to work my whole life, whether that's actually a job or in my studies. I am ambitious, and my ambitions depend on my talents and abilities and personalities; not just on my money. I want to achieve my goals and I want to make a difference in this world. And while I wouldn't say not to winning the lottery, I don't think it would change my dreams.

What do you think? Is money important to you? How important? Is winning the lottery your dream?

Charlotte xxx

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