By Ed Diokno
What would you do with $54 million?
Most of us will never earn, much less see that amount of money in our lifetimes.
Gerrett Gee, a Filipino American, while still a student at Brigham Young University in Utah, had to face that question when he sold his mobile app to Snapchat for that amount in 2014.
After discussions with his wife and family he made up his mind. Sell everything he owned in a yard sale except a couple of photo albums. With the $45,000 raised from the yard sale, he and his family began their world travels. The rest of the fortune went into a bank account.
The The Bucket List Family, as Garrett, Jessica, and their two children, Dorothy, 3, and Manilla, 1, now call themselves, at this writing are in the 11th week of their journey. They’re now chilling on a beach in the South Pacific making their way to the Philippines, where Gee will be joined by his siblings to visit the land of his parents.
“We’re pretty chill folks, but, we definitely have major goals behind our bucket list and travels:
- Become closer as a marriage and family.
- Be good friends to the people in our lives.
- Live a life of service and compassion.
- Learn to find happiness with less.
- Become more open minded and open hearted.
- Love and respect nature and the planet.
- Create life long memories.
Those are worthy goals for anyone, no matter how much money you have.
The video below is a link to a YouTube video by the ABS-CBN Corporation. If you have problems viewing, go directly to YouTube and search for “Garrett Gee.”
(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)
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