From yesterday's discussion, children leaving the nest are not the only thing that is probably going to change in the next few years. What I am doing will probably change as well.
As super blessed as I have been in my current job, the reality is that at some point, that job is going away - through a buyout, through a bankruptcy, through a "We are looking to succeed and you no longer fit the position...". It is coming. And it is the after that which is interesting.
There is simply not enough of what I do here where we currently live that I can expect to find a position, and because of my promotion and expansion of job duties, I have become less employable than ever as there is not a one-for-one transition between this position and other positions of similar titles (and the very real fact that I am in my "middle years", which often raises employment questions). In point of fact, it is almost a certainty that I, at least, will have to relocate.
That is a hard thing to plan for, in case you are wondering: preparing for a job transition that is probably coming (but maybe not) with no idea what the market will look like or what the positions will be .
And always, the sense that I really, really, want to go home and finally do the agricultural things I have wanted to do for 25 years.
Life is not that clean, of course. You usually cannot back your way into something; rather, you have to out and get it. Which is hard, given the uncertainty of what the future looks like.
But this much I know: I badly want to go home and shed so much of this world. I just need to start finding a way to make that happen.