If You Could Get Away With It…

Several weeks ago I was looking through Digg.  It’s a website Danny Brown recommends for finding ideas when writing blog posts. Digg has some interesting news on its site and you can look to see what’s the most popular and incorporate the idea into your blog. One of the first articles I stumbled upon was written by someone who found an intriguing question on Twitter.  It read, “What would you do if you could get away with it?”  The article went on to say that there were hundreds of tweets, many of which spoke of killing people.  I went into Twitter and read some of them and indeed the author was correct.  People wanted to kill their spouses or their bosses or people who had done them wrong, others wanted to rob a bank.  The answers were all over the map.

I didn’t use it for my blog but it gave me the idea for the book I am now writing.  And it’s a great question to ask friends and family or at parties or work.  It made me think .  What would “I” do if I could get away with it?  No one would find out what I did and there would be no ramifications for my actions.  I’d have carte blanche to do whatever I wanted.

I know money doesn’t buy happiness but I thought if I could somehow find out the numbers selected for the California lottery and purchase the winning ticket, I’d do it.  Of course, that’s absolutely ludicrous, because on the night of the lottery, buying lottery tickets is suspended an hour or so before the numbers are selected.  Just saying…

I mean, with no money worries, my life and my family’s life would be very, very different.  It wouldn’t buy me love.  I already have that.  It wouldn’t buy me fame.  I never wanted it.  It might help me publish one of my books, but if it’s a boring book, all the money in the world isn’t going to make anyone purchase it.

But think of the dollars I could give to charity.  And my kids could go to the best colleges.  And I could buy my husband a huge fishing boat.  And I’d get another horse.  Just saying…


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Posted on October 21, 2011, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Interesting subject, Patti. Hmmm. never thought about that. Don’t think I’d waste it on revenge – there’s Karma for that. I’d probably do something to try to solve the Middle East issue…or the problems we have here, for that matter.

    Seems a shame that such a huge boon would only benefit me!

    Could I have two more wishes? Oh please? 🙂

  2. Hi, Patti! I think I would be happiest with a good book, snacks,chocolate, and a beautiful day. Not extreme, but what makes me truly happy.

    • I could use THAT right about now. My life has been too hectic and I’d love to take a book, some chocolate, snacks, and It’s a beautiful day here today – and just sit outside. But, alas, it’s my’ daughter’s 13th birthday and I have lots to do.
      Patti

  3. I would also have to go with the money!!! I would love to win a ton and never have to worry about ti again!

  4. Okay, that’s interesting how many would kill their spouses or bosses. Hmmmm, perhaps we need to watch the people around us. LOL!

    I think I would be lazy more often, perhaps do spa days six times a week instead of once or twice a year. 🙂

    • Oh, man, Sheila, last year my husband and I went for an hour massage – first time in years – and it was sooo relaxing. And I said to him that I wondered how it would be if you were rich and could get a massage every day! Wow. I’d be relaxed and less stressed, for sure.

  5. Wow Patti, that is a great sentence! A famous Russian wrote a book based on … getting away with a crime. The conclusion was that the person would suffer so much guilt, he would have to confess … Crime and Punishment … Karma in this life. Kafka did several stories based on the inability of man to do wrong and never pay in this life.

    What would I do? Not that I haven’t had “lottery” fantasies, but I am sorry to say if it wasn’t something as basic as winning the lottery, there is nothing I would want to do.

    • Hey Florence! You sound happy with your life which is worth more than any lottery winnings you might win! I am pretty darn happy with my life as well, but given the question, the lottery was the only thing I could think of as well. The murdering people option I would never even entertain the thought! I think it says a lot about our society that so many people think that way.

  6. Wow Patti, that is a great sentence! A famous Russian wrote a book based on … getting away with a crime. The conclusion was that the person would suffer so much guilt, he would have to confess … Crime and Punishment … Karma in this life. Kafka did several stories based on the inability of man to do wrong and never pay in this life.

    What would I do? Not that I haven’t had “lottery” fantasies, but I am sorry to say if it wasn’t something as basic as winning the lottery, there is nothing I would want to do.

  7. Sorry Patti, I hit the enter thing’y … Have fun spending those virtual dollars and thanks for the fantasy 🙂

  8. I’d probably try to right some wrong like send a guilty person to jail or free an innocent person. Hard to say, but interesting to think about. Good luck with the lottery!

  9. I’d do everything I do now but totally TRAVEL in between! One of the best things about being a writer–all I need is a laptop!!!

  10. What would I do if I could get away with it? Hummmm I would rob a big casino so I could travel, live my life with my family, and never worry about money again.

  11. If I could get away with it, I’d pack up all the garbage (bikes, kid toys, unused grilling equipment, broken lawn furniture) sitting in front of my next door neighbor’s house and haul it to the dump. I am so sick of living next to a house that looks like Sanford and Son live there.

    Great post. It really gets my imagination doing jumping jacks. 😀

    • I hear you, Catie. Our next door neighbor has a funky looking house that looks like it would be “haunted” or something. It’s kind of scary. And the inside? Don’t even go there. When we used to take care of his dogs – AACK – I finally said we didn’t have time to do it any longer.

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