I think everyone has the fantastical wish to win the lottery, even those who never play it because of the incredibly long odds. If anything, it is the ability to be financially independent. I know I would love to have that ability, particularly now as I feel like I am struggling with finding employment just to pay my basic bills. I was reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and a particular paragraph of the book really struck out at me:
For the first time, I allow myself to truly think about the possibility that I might make it home. To fame. To wealth. To my own house in Victor's Village. My mother and Prim would live there with me. No more fear of hunger. A new kind of freedom. But then... what? What would my life be like on a daily basis? Most of it has been consumed with the acquisition of food. Take that away and I'm not really sure who I am, what my identity is. The idea scares me some. I think of Haymitch, with all his money. What did his life become? He lives alone, no wife or children, most of his waking hours drunk. I don't want to end up like that.
My day-to-day life isn't going hunting to put food on the table for a family as it is for Katniss. It is applying for jobs, updating websites and working whatever odd job I can do to earn some money. But if I didn't have to do that, what would I do? Read more »