On one of the blogs someone asked a question what if you win a huge lottery and you have no social obligations, then what would you do, what would be your life like? I thought about this for a while, this is my answer:
If I had no social obligations and I get a lot of money that I don’t have to work or worry about retirement/old age, health, then first thing I would do is get rid of almost everything including the house. Or I might put our townhouse on rent, put some of our stuff in one room. Hina will probably be not up for, but this is my fantasy, so in this fantasy she will be all happy to do this.
Then I would get a Jeep Wrangler, some high quality camping/hiking/travel clothing. Buy a small light weight tent, and a good sleeping bag. Keep my Kindle 3G, load it up with a lot of books. Buy a waterproof mirrorless camera like the new one from Nikon. Buy a notebook and bunch of pens. A nice waterproof backpack. Then one good waterproof cellphone with gps and music capabilities, and one light weight small ultrabook. And of course, a solar charger for all of these electronics. Also some small accessories like headphones, a reading lamp, waterproof cover for Kindle, etc. I will have only a few monthly bill like car & health insurance, cell phone, Pandora, Google Music, backup service like Backblaze, and web hosting charges.
That’s all going to be my possessions. I am sure Hina will have her own list but here we will assume she will be minimalist like me.
Then we will get in the Jeep and just go. Not exactly sure where. I just want to go in wilderness, camp there, live for a few months. I will never be a hunter. So we will require frequent trips back to civilization for buying food. We will mostly buy jerky, tuna, protein bars, nuts, and Goji berries. I can eat same food everyday, so don’t need variety. Also we will be buying toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, and detergents. Even in wilderness, we will look clean.
While out in wilderness which could be anywhere like desert, beach, state park, mountains, I just want to read, write, take photos and videos, and just walk around. I will mostly read on Kindle. Write in notebook with pen.
I don’t know how long I will do this but when we get bored at one location, we will move to somewhere else. We can take frequent breaks from wilderness by staying in hotels or motels. Go to barber whenever I am in town. Even get unwanted hairs lasered. Get my eyes lasered too. I will do anything to lower the maintenance required to stay clean and keep good appearance in wilderness.
We will most likely stay in fancy hotels, get massages, facials, pedicure and whole nine yard when we are back in civilization. At hotels, I will blog or upload photos and videos from the wild. Probably going to spend a lot of time at pool; read and write there too. We will visit various coffee shops in whatever town we will be in. Read and write from there too. We will also lookup cool meetup groups and meet people like sufis, artists, geeks, etc. We will hangout with them and share our experiences. I will also be coding when I can. But it would mostly be for my blog. Also we will go to movies and watch movies on Netflix or rent on the hotel’s TV. We will also go to raves where we can dance all night and day long.
Then we will travel to all ancient historic sites of the world. We will visit all great museums. Look at all paintings. Visit libraries. We will either live from the hotel or once we get familiar with the area we will go live in wilderness nearby. In this fantasy, the world is perfectly safe and we don’t have to worry about crime. I will still carry a hunting knife with me but that is all.
Then eventually I will buy a sketch pad and sketching pencil. I will sketch nature and cities. I will also draw as much as I like. I might go to various drawing classes. I will take these classes to learn but not worry about homework or grades.
Then I might also buy acoustic guitar. I may take classes for guitar or just learn it on my own. In wilderness, I will play guitar while Hina will sing.
I am not sure how long it will go on. In my fantasy, when we are too old to do this, we will buy a beach house in our favorite location. This place would not be too far away from busy downtown city life, but it would in serenity of nature. It should be in a warm climate where we can spend at least 9 months laying on the beach. Hills and mountains will be a few minutes away by car. Beach would be semi private or at least secluded. I will be doing same thing here too, reading a lot, writing and blogging. Sketching, painting, photographing, and playing guitar, piano, violin or whatever instrument I can play.
The house will be minimally furnished. No cable, only internet. Speakers and music in every room. Every room will be designed for maximum creativity. The house will have a lot of outdoors private space. Most rooms will have curtains for walls. While we live in a perfect world without crime, but our property will have high walls and state of art security systems. Inside the property everything will be open. There will be pools, gardens, streams. House itself maybe very small. Most things would be outdoors, kitchen would be outdoors, bed would be outdoors with curtains around the bed. There will be good coffee in every room.
Even after buying our ideal home, we will spend a lot of time traveling and living in wilderness.
It seems I like nomadic, minimalist lifestyle. This thought experiment kind of made me realize what I really want from life. I am not sure if this will apply in 5 years or even in next few months. But right now this is how I imagined my ideal life when I have no social, financial, health, or other obligations or worries.