So I know we just did some fun would you rathers the other week, but a friend of mine just shot a new one randomly my way (probably because he was bored at work), and I couldn’t help but share it with y’all. This is the same friend who got duped by that fake $100 bill a while back, haha..
Here’s the question he posed – I thought it was a pretty hard one after thinking about it for a bit:
“Would you rather have $1 billion dollars now …OR… be able to go back in time to re-live the last 15 years of your life?”
Now at first those 15 years look AWFULLY good as that’s a lot of extra life to get back, especially during your prime if you’re in your 30s like me!), but after taking a few steps back I realized it’s not *as* sexy as it may sound.
For one, you’re messing around with the whole space time continuum or whatever it’s called. The whole “step on a bug and your entire future changes – as does everyone else’s around you” type deal. Just like that Simpsons episode or even that (freaky) movie The Butterfly Effect ft. Señor Kutcher. And I’d hate to go back and F up my past 15 years only to get back to my 30s and have a worse off life than I did. Especially knowing you blew a chance at $1 Billion dollars to top it off!
This would also put me back to my late teen years when I was lucky enough to come out alive during some of the stupid things I did back then. Like drink myself to oblivion or hang out in areas I really shouldn’t be at with people I really shouldn’t have been friends with. I’d be a lot smarter going back in time with the knowledge I have with me now, but that could be even more dangerous ;) Though also very lucrative! (I’d be able to make tons of $$$ before the internet boom, and crash, and boom again, avoid the stock market during the right times, and even know the answers to most big sporting events!). I’d probably become filthy rich and then end up dying on the side of the lone lonely missing all my friends and future baby would-be’s since they’d only be memories of days never to come.
At this point I change my mind and tell my friend I’ll take the Billion dollars now, please :) In hopes of bettering my future instead of screwing up my past (plus: I happen to like how my life turned out so why go back and re-live it?). Of course a billion dollars comes with its share of problems too, as
Puff Daddy P Ditty Ditty and B.I.G. once so eloquently stated, but hopefully everyone reading this blog is much much smarter than they were before they got to this site ;) So I’d have faith any of us would be able to safely enjoy a nice future with tons of money in the bank like that.
So as it stands, my answer would be the solid $1 Billion dollars.
Changing it up a bit…
I then threw my friend for a loop and asked if it would change anything tacking on an extra 15 years of life *going forward*, instead of backwards? So, either $1 billion now, or an extra 15 years to live later?
This brings up a whole other set of variables such as “would you *really* want to live an extra 15 years if you’re like 90 and grumpy??” and “Wouldn’t $1 billion allow me to live a much happier life than extending it for a little while longer?”.
Again it comes down to a question of happiness and the odds of our own mortality. As it stands, any of us could wake up tomorrow and die on impact (I’ll let your imaginations figure out how). So even if you got that $1 billion all your doing is dying a lot richer. You take that 15 years, however, and you just *guaranteed* yourself that you’d be living at LEAST until 2029. And more than likely much longer than that since most of us will still be around this time tomorrow :)
So today I pose two questions for your brilliant minds to ponder.
1) Would you take $1 billion dollars now, or go back in time 15 years and relive your life again?
2) Does your answer change if you gained the 15 years *ahead* vs behind?
I’m still sticking with the $1 billion for question #1, but I’ll happily opt for the extra 15 years for question #2. I don’t think a ton more money would make me as happy as a ton more of time – especially as our babies continues to grow – and it would be nice to secure a daddy for them for at least another 15 years :) And with any luck I’d be able to turn that extra time into more money anyways.
How about you? Which is more valuable to you right now – time or money?
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Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!