The reality was that I was burned out. My health was crap. I lost any semblance of a work/life balance. I was not nice to be around and I wasn't performing at the standards that I expected of myself. In almost everything.
Since then I've been keeping busy with various projects but my focus has been simplifying my life, trying to avoid drama, getting my health under control, and dealing with the noise that otherwise can't be avoided while trying to live a life worth living. I did introduce some complexity by trying to relocate to the South but mostly I've been concentrating on the present.
I don't miss work. I've become mellower and less stressed (although my family will quickly interject that I still have my moments). To paraphrase the great Chico Escuela "Retirement has been berry beery good for me.
I've decided to dust off the blog to chronicle what I do miss and what I'm going to do about it.