Tuesday, March 08, 2011
When I was practicing medicine, the pressure could be tremendous. But there were rewards far beyond any financial ones (and, contrary to popular belief, there are doctors--myself included--who don't get rich in the profession). And, truthfully, a win in the lottery wouldn't have kept me from going back to the office.
Now that I'm retired, my time is taken up with the everyday stuff of life, including grandparenting and golf, two activities I enjoy. I also write. I've had three books published already (one non-fiction, two novels), another about to come out April 1 and yet another novel due for release Sept 1. I certainly don't write for the money. My friend, James Scott Bell, says most of us could make more money as a greeter at Wal-Mart than we do writing. I write because it's fascinating to weave a story out of whole cloth. I write because I "can't not write."
We had a vacation recently in Cancun, relaxing with friends and enjoying the sun. Did I take my laptop with me? Of course. And did I write? You bet.
What about you? Do you long for some time away? And would you return to work afterward?