I worked for a great company for 18 years and was laid off after some serious downsizing a couple of years ago. I tried to find a decent paying job for about a year and finally decided to strike out on my own. I am on the tail end of my third year now and really enjoy it. Though it has been a rough road and I often find myself working way too much, but I enjoy what I do.
Finding balance in my life is the next phase for me and one I definately need to focus on more, it is important to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Somewhere inside this busy man is a carefree individual trying to get out, I know because I've seen him before. ; )