Who Doesn’t Want to Be a Millionaire? The Dangers of Owning a Fortune
Who among us can honestly put up their hand and say that they have never dreamed of having a million dollar fortune? Probably no one, I would think. Not me anyway.
We all like to day dream now and then about having a huge amount of money but what about the dangers of having so much cash? Maybe these are enough to make you reconsider whether or not it would be a good idea to be a millionaire.
Would the Little Things Lose Their Value?
I don’t know about you but I treasure the little things in life. Going for a family picnic or settling down in a comfy chair with a good book are among the biggest joys in life. However, I wonder whether I would stop valuing these things so much if I became filthy rich. Would I be so caught up in a world of bling, fancy cars and exotic trips to remember to value the little things which make life worthwhile? I have to confess that I have some doubts about the matter. It is easy to sit here and say that all that money wouldn’t change me but it would definitely be tough to avoid this happening.
Would People Start to Send You Begging Letters?
I would love to win a huge amount on a lottery but could I keep my identity secret? It would be fun at first to walk around knowing that everyone is aware that you are the big money winner they have been reading about. After a while though, the begging letters might start to arrive. At first it might actually be rewarding to help out some other people with a little cash but what if it carries on like this for a long time? It must be depressing to realize after a while that even a big fortune isn’t going to be enough for you to sort out all the problems in the world. It must be horrible to get letters through telling about how miserable other families are and how they desperately need money. Of course, you would need a massive fortune in order to make even a tiny dent in the world’s problems. Finding this out could be one of the toughest things about being a millionaire.
Would You Worry Whether Others Were Only After Your Money?
One of the great things about not being a millionaire is that you can be sure that no one is only your friend because you are rich. Most people who are seriously wealthy must have doubts at some point as to whether they are just seen as a walking wallet rather than a person. Sure, the people you have known for a long time will still see you for who you are but others might only see your fortune when they look at you. Put it this way; could you seriously have been friends with Rockefeller or Carnegie? You might have liked them as people but even then you would probably have doubted whether their massive wealth was turning your head. The worst thing is that there is no way of finding out whether you are popular because of the cash. Unless you lose it all, that is.
So, are these dangers enough to put you off the idea of being a millionaire? They probably should be but I have to confess that I would still like to try the lifestyle for a few months. Ideally, I would say that I would give the money away after that time if it wasn’t making me happy. However, that takes us onto a completely new dilemma, doesn’t it?