I'm a web designer and developer now. A year ago I could easily name myself a Jack f All Trades. While I still have that vision of myself, it doesn't change the fact that I haven't done carpentry, or theater, or welding, or manufacturing in close to 8 months.
I don't regret this and I still envision myself having a workshop in whatever home I settle into eventually. I find regret isn't something that happens to me a lot.
A lot of harsh things have happned in my life but I've always felt that I made my own decisions and that they made me who I am. Rationally I still feel that way.
However there is a part of me that feels this whole career thing has shut as many doors as it has opened. Socially, creatively, and in a few other ways I don't feel like talking about right now.
There are friends I don't hang out with as much, I'm no longer the guy everyone calls to fix problems (always a little badge of honor), and probably the harshest this entire past year has seen me an isolationist which normally doesn't bother me, but it looks like I may have irreparably damaged a few relationships.
I still believe you make time for the things that are important to you, and in a way I made my choices. In an important way, I'm very happy with the results - I like my life and my job now in ways that I never did before.
On the other hand, there are a lot of things and people I miss.
Blah Guess I'll go cry in my Cheerios now. Nothing for it but tho keep living and try to paste together what you may have boken.