$2 and a Moment
Yeah, ok. I caved to the masses.
I’m quite suggestible you know.
I come from a family that enjoys trips to Vegas and the occasional Indian casino. My family loves to gamble (responsibly) and I do too.
So today I threw two one dollar bills into the toilet and bought Mega Millions tickets.
Every news outlet, radio talk show, and coworker is talking about the half billion potential payoff.
Yesterday on All Things Considered, they had some whiz bang mathematician guy who chastised all of us in describing the impossible odds.
I think that’s when I decided to throw my hard won dollars in the ring.
I know the odds are ridiculous. I know it’s a waste of money. I know, I know.
But for a moment, a little moment, it’s fun to think about what if?
I think the concept of what if is a powerful one.
There are those in the ranks of woo-woo and esoteric who would say that what if is a good thing. It’s an order placed to the universe.
I think what if gives you a chance to see what you can accomplish.
When you pull out a road map, you look at where you are today. You look at where you want to go (what if) and then you map the highways, byways and dirt roads that it will take to get there.
Do you get lost sometimes? Sure.
Take a wrong road because it looks interesting? Of course.
Run out of gas? Absolutely.
And then, sometimes, with a little luck and a little diligence, you arrive at your destination.
So for me, the what if daydreaming is simply me being the cartographer of my life.
What if’ing about half a billion dollars might be ridiculous to some. To me, it’s a nice way to end a crazy busy day at work. My mind is too tired to parse this spreadsheet in front of me. Instead I’ll gaze out the window and daydream. For just a few moments.
And then, because it’s the last work day of the month, I’ll collect my regular paycheck, pay my rent and then go home to The Good Man (my odds of finding him were pretty sparse too, but I must have drawn that map pretty gosh darn well).
So ok. That’s worth at least $2
This week’s Theme Thursday is: moment.