I heard it said again on the radio tonight, the statement said by someone who had some interaction with an entertainment group (music/TV producer etc): “my life has completely changed!!” Don’t get me wrong, I love life changes. I love that we can step into them and many things can go right as a result. There are plenty of people who have benefited from “life changes” that have begun like this, but there are others who have not benefited, and may even have a worse life as a result. For every successful reality, music, TV, sweepstakes, lottery star/winner there are also those who end up throwing many good things in their life away as a result of the encounter with the “life changing moment.”
One of the things that pushes my buttons most about this is that before they won the lottery or before they became a mega star they were living this whole life-a life that probably wasn’t awful and they were OK living. Sure, we all wish we could improve or change our lives in some way, but many people live OK lives in this day and age. As much as we may hope and dream for our own fairy godmother (in whatever form “she” comes in), most of us don’t need her to get through life. With a little hard work most of us can reach the real goals we have for our lives (without robbing a bank or selling drugs). We may never become the super pop star known ’round the world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make enough money or have the life experiences we truly want.
Assuming you get lucky one day and it happens to you and you can say “and my life has completely changed!”, I encourage you to keep a level head. Yes, you should celebrate the abundant blessings and great opportunities that come your way as a result. You should take time to live it up and try things that before weren’t things you could do because of who or where you were or your finances. But at the same time you should also put away as much of the money as possible to keep in case it happens that there’s an ‘after’ to your happy life change. I’m not saying something will go wrong, just that it’s always a good idea to plan for the future. And don’t give up on the people who mean the most to you now either, because it’s likely that they’ll be the people there long after the fame has ended.
Just in case today is your lucky day, it’s always a good idea to have a smile, decent outfit, cleaner house and positive attitude at the ready (and it wouldn’t hurt to work on meditating and finding your center now while you have the time to practice). Who knows, maybe because of that smile and positive attitude you’ll get lucky without a fairy godmother today.