You are pushing your luck, mate! I try to keep quiet, don’t encourage me, you will regret it!
But but but… I know nothing about you? How could I allude to you?! Keep at the red wine though, it’s healthy for the body.
Lower back problems, low oxygen amount in the blood (for 7-8 years now I wake up refreshed like 2-3 times a year at the most… I am always tired, every waking moment), extra weight – that’s easier to fix though – and a pretty solid burnout (I suspect this is gonna be the hardest one to fix and since recreational drugs are banned in my country I will have to recollect my meditation skills). I finally started to address all health issues: was in a hospital for full-night sensory readings of my blood oxygen levels and sleep rhythm, got an MRI scan of my lower back, got in contact with a dietician and a yoga instructor, and another person who is a kinesio/physio therapist said they will fix me up once my doctor tells me if my trauma can be fixed without meds or operations (the doctor already admitted that most people’s complaints of back problems are fixable by professional massages or therapy). I will do 2-3 more hospital exams and then I am starting to work actively on my health with a new diet and very likely tai-chi or yoga.
I am a pretty relentless guy but never took care of myself and things caught up with me so I have to step back and show some patience (and money). I can do a lot but I need my energy so I’ll be working on that almost exclusively. Explains why I am active in the forum and not working.
Additionally, I had two very good gigs for 10 months or so, they were pretty lucrative and I caught up on debts and a lot of tech at home. I needed both of them for like 4 more months and I could have bought the maxed out iMac Pro (~$13,000) but alas, it was not meant to happen yet – one of them I stopped because they were really stubborn about using Rails and PHP and I could not bring myself to work on their crap for a day more, and the other one got an order from the CEO to only use Microsoft tech and our Elixir project which was awesome and brought so much business value was just scrapped out of the blue… Tried another gig after that but realized that their promise for working with Elixir was false; they dangled it in front of me and then revealed they want me to work for months on a Rails app first.
In the end I figured I will live off savings for a while. Those savings are now 45% of what they were 2-3 months ago but I am not worried, gives me plenty of time to arrange my next endeavors. Not willing to do compromises with tech and ways of work yet so that narrows things down quite a bit, for the better or worse.
As for what I wanna do… quite frankly, if I had the choice I would just buy the maxed out iMac Pro together with 200 or so TB worth of external HDDs, a beach house with 2x 1Gigabit connections and would work on inventing generic artificial intelligence until the end of my life. (That’s why I also wanna familiarize myself with the book a guy mentioned above, as a start.) Since that dream is not happening yet, I will look for Elixir or Clojure gigs (accepting some Go sprinkled in) and will gather money to buy an own flat or house and some extra tech. And will do my utmost to NEVER let my health slip ever again.
So… this is long but… you asked for it!