I asked Cody today what he would do if he were to have more money than he could ever spend and no longer had a need to work, and it was only after I asked him the question that I realized I didn't have an answer to it myself.
Having had more time to ponder the question, I still haven't come to a conclusion. Obviously, I'd do all the things that are currently beyond my budget: travel, buy a big house and fill it with cat trees for my babies, buy a library of books and really comfortable furniture in which to read them, buy a few cars--a Nissan 350Z being the first, I think, but definitely not the last--gift things to my family that I dream of, donate to the charities of my choice, etc.
But once all those things are said and done, what would I do with my daily time? Would I still write? Would I have the same drive to continue to sit my butt down in the chair every day and type out my beloved urban fantasy novels? The answer, surprisingly, is maybe.
I love stories. I love creating them. Creating them makes me happy. But could that happiness be filled in other ways that are currently out of my price range? Probably for a few years, at least. And if I'm honest with myself (and you), a large part of why I want to write is because I want to make a living doing it. If I don't need to make a living, do I still write?
Hopefully I'll be in a place one day to find out the answer to this question first person.