If you didn't have to work, what would you do?

  1. Of course this will never happen for most of us, but I like to dream!

    I think I'd get my Shih Tzu certified as a Therapy Dog, maybe go back to school for an art (Painting or Sculpture) degree, spend a lot more time with my kids and do lots of yoga! How about everyone else??
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    1. I'd travel to each and every one of the 50 United States. Also, I'd travel to foreign lands that pique my interest.

    2. I would earn a Ph.d for self-fulfillment and enrichment.

    3. I would have my dream home built.

    4. I would study exercise physiology, and then apply the newly-learned knowledge to my own life.

    5. I would probably work PRN or per-diem, but only 1 or 2 days weekly, just to keep my skills somewhat fresh.

    6. I might open a small business.
  4. by   UM Review RN
    I'd hound Michael Moore to do a documentary on nursing issues.

    Volunteer at clinics. :angel2:

    Design a new house and have it built. Then I'd buy all my useless relatives homes and cars so they couldn't come down here and bug me.

    Just kidding.

    I'm certain I could keep pretty busy, given a few million bucks. :hatparty:
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Nov 8, '07
  5. by   Joe NightingMale
    I've asked myself this question a lot, not sure of all the answers.

    I'd probably still go ahead and become a nurse (but one without student loans!). But like Commuter I'd do more PRN work and be more picky about assignments.

    If I didn't have to work because of a large fortune, I'd probably set up some sort of charitable foundation in memory of my mom. Something small, perhaps focused on providing funds for church music and sunday school (which was important to her). I've always thought that'd be interesting.

    I'd, like Commuter, travel a bit more (though I've never really been much of a traveler). Maybe not all 50 states or any big vacations, but anything that caught my interest or where I'd visited/lived previously.

    That said, I know that even if I had total financial security my life wouldn't change that much. Even if you become a millionaire, you're still you, with all your foibles and anxieties. I'm sure mine would follow me on down Easy Street.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    I would NOT work in a hospital. I would increase my medical mission experiences. I would definitely take my 6 year old who is jealous that his sister got to go to Vietnam.

    I would completely renovate this beautiful old Craftsman style two story house.

    I would buy back the general store next door to us that belonged to my husband's grandparents and renovate it back to it's original charm and open up a store with espresso, internet, deli, bookstore, etc.

    I would take my daughter to Europe for her high school graduation.

    I would buy my #2 son a cutting machine so he can start his own business and not have to work for someone (even though he works for us).

    I would pay off my oldest son's student loans.

    I would continue with my BSN goal.

    Travel, a lot.

    (This is fun).:spin:

  7. by   Blackcat99
    I would be a full time volunteer at the local no kill shelter. On my days off from the shelter, I would read and relax.
  8. by   nursemary9

    I know this will never be, but I can dream.

    #1. I'd probably work very part-time in Home Care.

    #2. I'd move South in a flash!!

    #3. I have always wanted to own a book store or a Langerie(sp?)
  9. by   Joe NightingMale
    Quote from stevielynn
    I would buy back the general store next door to us that belonged to my husband's grandparents and renovate it back to it's original charm and open up a store with espresso, internet, deli, bookstore, etc.
    That's a good idea. And that got me thinking---when my grandmother died my grandfather sold the Wisconsin summer home (no one else in the family was close enough by to take care of the property). Since then it's changed ownership several times and fallen into disrepair (when I saw it 5 years ago). Since I know my dad and his sister talk all the time about the memories of that place I'd buy it and fix it up, and use it for family reunions.
  10. by   zuzi
    Work, work , work all the time! My dream is to travel around world and work in the same time, meet people, compare styles, study, love it! I can't see myself not working at all and just stay and dreams to dreams!
    Hate this style! Work make you free, fulfill your unexpectable dreams...
  11. by   llg
    10. Take up a hobby that would get me outdoors ocassionally
    9. Take up a hobby that would involve something creative/artistic
    8. Do some writing and try to publish a few things
    7. Decorate my home
    6. Teach on a part time basis (either for a university or for a hospital)
    5. Learn to cook (healthy gourmet meals)
    4. Take some classes "just for fun"
    3. Sleep, exercise, and socialize a little more
    2. Move closer to my family so that I could spend more time with them

    ... and the #1 thing I would do if I didn't have to work ...

    1. Play more poker
    Last edit by llg on Nov 8, '07
  12. by   Alois Wolf
    If I didn't have to work, I'd still work because I like working. But when I didn't have to work, I'd travel the world. Maybe join the Peace Corps.
  13. by   bethin
    I would be off in some third world country, like Ethiopa, Chad, or Libya, working with the poor. That's where my heart lies. And if I'm a lawyer someday and I don't have to work, I would volunteer my time explaining to the poor that they too have rights. And of course I would defend them if needed.

    For luxury, I would charter a yacht, ask George Clooney aboard and sail where the winds take us.
  14. by   nyapa
    I'm listening to DH at the moment. He is also a nurse BTW though retired...

    1. Buy a vinyard and drink the profits
    2.Grow avocardos and get rich (what?!!!...)
    3.Buy a shop that has 250 varieties of scotch whisky for sale (that is definitely my DH, he is Scots, and I hate whisky)
    4. Open up a charity kennel and take every stray in
    5. Provide employment for ppl who don't have any, particularly those who are disabled, or in the older age group who are not valued simply because they are 'older', even if they do have skills and dedication.

    1. Visit my spread out family around the world, particularly my mother in law in England, who deserves everything I can give her...
    2. Find constructive ways to help ppl on the streets gain a bit of self respect and confidence.
    3. Try and get to know some of the indigenous ppl around me, their languages, and culture.