** My location is temporarily in Manhattan because I'll be there the weekend of the 15th; the rest of the time I live in Boston. **
In 2007, I read the book Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. He says: Being effective — changing things, influencing things, making things happen — is one of the fundamental needs with which human brains seem to be naturally endowed, and much of our behavior from infancy onward is simply an expression of this penchant for control. Later, he continues: So once we've earned as much money as we can actually enjoy, we quit working and enjoy it, right? Wrong. People in wealthy countries generally work long and hard to earn more money than they can ever derive pleasure from. I was deeply moved by this, and embarked upon a strategy of spending little, saving much, and not adapting to increasing levels of materialism. In April 2014, I will be leaving my highly-paid but low-autonomy job, having accumulated enough money to stop working. I will be poor but I will have complete control of my time. It will be glorious.