I have a friend who is older than me, and very wise. I don't get to see her often but when I do she always gives me food for thought.
"Do you miss working?" she asked me straight out the last time I saw her. I paused and thought, and said, "Yes, I do. But it is not for the reasons, I thought I would. Money is tight, there is no doubt about that, but we have managed to live simpler and not go into debt. I do miss my friends at work, but frankly my energy is now taken up with my children. I love teaching my youngest to read and write, it gives me much joy to see her learn. At first, I was starved for 'alone time', but I have grown use to the chaos, the unceasing chatter, and it seems too quiet when my girls are not here. The one thing I miss is recognition for a job well done."