"What would you do if you were rich and famous?"
What a great cocktail party discussion topic, huh?
I'm sure everyone dreams about what they would do if they had gobs of money and silver screen notoriety.
Now, as you are getting older, do you feel those dreams have passed you by?
Or, have you already made the tough decisions to arrange the priorities in your life to reach your personal and financial goals.
If you haven't yet it is never too late.
Remember, it all starts with the first step..................
Well, today, my fellow Baby Boomers, you will have to indulge me for a while while I have my own little cocktail party and prattle on about the type of person I would be if I were suddenly a member of the jet set elite.
I'm not totally sure if I will ever reach that lofty status but I plan to get as close as possible.
And you may be asking yourself why would I be thinking about such a "high-brow" topic on a Monday morning when all I should be thinking about is the drudgery of work like everyone else.
Well, today is April 20th and it's my Father's Birthday. He would have been 96 today. He passed away 20 years ago. So, how in the hell do I continue to remember his Birthday? Because he shared the same day of birth with one of the richest and most famous men to have ever lived on this planet.
John D. Rockefeller......Nope.
Cornelius Vanderbilt....Nope, wrong again.
Andrew Carnegie..........Sorry, wrong again.
My father shared his Birthday with Adolf Hitler. You know the guy with the "toothbrush" mustache. The leader of the German empire from 1934 to 1945. He initiated World War II and oversaw fascist policies that resulted in millions of deaths of innocent humans.
Sometimes, growing up, I thought my father and Adolf Hitler shared more than just the same day of birth. My father was a tyrant at times. He was a strict disciplinarian and at times resorted to almost devious mental trickery to train, supervise and indoctrinate his children with a drive to be successful in this harsh world.
It was my father's shared despotism with Adolf Hitler that has always driven me to be successful. Like I said earlier, I may not be there yet but when I am, I'll be prepared on how to handle it.
TEN THINGS I WOULD DEFINITELY DO IF I WERE RICH AND FAMOUS
I would hook up some fun distractions to spend time with people like Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell or Ed O'Neill.
There is a whole universe of famous folks that look interesting on TV but are basically unapproachable now because of their celebrity.
If I was rich and famous then maybe I could take in a ballgame with Jim, Dinner with Ed, Las Vegas with Steve or Drinks with Morgan.
I would get to know them and if I liked them (and vice verse) I would build an eclectic circle of friends to spend time with.
As they say, you are the average of the ten closest people that you have the most contact with in your life.
It would be fun to create that mix up.
Not that I don't dress the way I like now but with unlimited time and funds I know I would look and dress differently.
I think everyone, with the financial opportunity, would have a singular and defined image that they would display to the world.....don't you?
In my case, it wouldn't be too flashy, probably just more stylish, comfortable and timeless.
I don't think I would stop traveling.
I would visit every part of the world and those places I liked I would revisit.
I'm sure there would be a lot more beaches involved in my life.
This may sound narcissistic and self absorbed but why not?
I wouldn't go to the extreme like Michael Jackson or want to develop a plastic face mask like Joan Rivers, Mickey Rourke or Barry Manilow but I definitely would fight tooth and nail to slow down the ravages of age.
A little tuck here and a little lift there just to stay tasteful and attractive.
Everyone around me would definitely be better off if I had the resources to make it happen.
Nobody would get spoiled (O, maybe my grandkids would) but I would undeniably make sure that they enjoyed life to the fullest.
I would do my best to stay in shape and stay as healthy as possible.
It would almost be a necessity since I would be sampling every possible cultural food from wherever I traveled.
I wonder how many different types of hot dogs there are in the world?
Sometimes, when you are not so rich and famous you just can't afford to be nice to everyone.
You just don't have the time or the resources at your disposal.
I would make it a point to let people know how much I appreciate them if they deserve it.
It would also be cool to help people help others as well.
There are folks in this world that are truly compassionate and they deserve all of the backing I could give them.
I would be satisfied with just learning one but I would love to be able to play them all.
Music is the universal language.
It is the ultimate artistic expression.
It is direct communication with the Gods.
If I was rich and famous I don't think I would have a lot of "toys" but I am still a man (and a boy at heart) so I know I would definitely have a killer car to drive around in.
It would probably be something from my youth but restored, modified and technologically updated.
And it would be understated.
As in all things in life, you should never tip you card as to what lies underneath your hood.
With fame and fortune comes issues as well and one of them you hear the most of is the lack of privacy.
I would definitely find a way to have my solitude, my quiet time and my own personal freedom, even more than now.
I enjoy my "alone time" and I wouldn't giver that up for all of the riches in the world.
What would you do if you were suddenly rich and famous?
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