In the wake of this whole Tiger Woods fiasco and media scrutiny I’ve been considering how I’d react in a similar situation. I’m very close in age to Tiger and have followed his entire rise and career. Naturally I’ve wondered what it would be like to be in his shoes, what my life would have been like had I had that kind of talent or had gotten that kind of wealth and fame as a single 20-something. Even now as an unmarried 33 year old bachelor I wonder what my life would play out like if I won the lottery or somehow came into outrageous amounts of money.
I can’t imagine what life would be like, being a attractive, recognizable multi-millionaire as it applies to the opposite sex. Like most men I’ve had my share of playboy fantasies, imagined having the most beautiful women at my beck an call and having any fantasy fulfilled. Being able to jet around the world, spending weekends in Vegas or waking up in some secluded Pacific island resort. Having the freedom to live out any sexual fantasy and to simply not have to answer to anyone else. I assume most people have some version of this fantasy. Maybe it’s not all about women and sex, night clubs and strip joints. Maybe it’s just about the freedom to live on your terms, occasionally selfishly and independently.
Then again, most of us, myself included, don’t want to forgo the entire idea of marriage. We don’t want to be lifetime bachelors. One day we’ll tire of the dating scene and we love the idea of having one person who’ll be there for you forever and your close confidante and partner. We want children and someone to pass along our fortune and legacy to, we want family to share the finer things in life with and those exclusive adventures.
So it seems that it’s a conundrum. You’re forced to choose between being a married family man with the means and wealth to do anything you want, but a commitment to another person to forgo all those sexual thrills and fantasies that come naturally. Or you can choose to be a life long bachelor and have all the women and fun you want. You can live life on your terms without any question or any guilt, but you sacrifice the security and intimacy of a marriage and family.
What do you do? Are you able to walk away from all the choices and freedom you get to experience as a 22 year old millionaire? Do you instead become a serial monogamist enjoying women but without the long term commitment and risk of infidelity? Do you become a playboy and sample every experience and find joy in the extravagant lifestyle?
Suppose you were a married multi-millionaire, traveling 6 months out of the year and constantly obligated to participate in media events and galas filled with beautiful people. Constantly meeting with the types of people who excel at working a room and exploiting connections and favors. Having groupies and fans constantly offering you all manner of sex and attention. Spending every day of your life saying “no” to sex and attention that violates your vows. Could you do it?
It sounds like a special type of torture to me, most men I know would be miserable being tempted every single day. Women who match those fantasies and lusts you had as a young adult, before your fame and fortune, finally wanting you and offering to fulfill those desires. How long could you resist? How many fights and tiffs with your wife would it take before you said “screw it”? Honestly.
I really don’t know what I would do. How well I’d manage.