I’ve freelanced on and off for a long time. But when I turned 63 I decided I would be freelance and remote for the foreseeable future. I believe the future of work, at least creative work, will look very different. In my long work life I’ve seen the evolution at every stage. You’d think your experience would be much different than mine but the difference is not as great as my peers make it out to be.
The myth that you had to do the nomad thing before you settled down and got a life is just that these days, a myth. One thing I hear less and less is ‘I wish I/we could do what you do’. I tell them why not? I know, elderly parents, grandkids, obligations, etc. But I’m seeing more of my friends realizing they do not have to stay in their suburban homes with their unused rooms. They don’t need two cars. They’re moving back into the city and renting apartments where they can lock the door and leave for a month without consequence.
I wish more of them would read stories like yours and simply eliminate the age and generational issues. They might realize these options are not the exclusive territory of the young. That was a myth that people bought into and retirement killed them. No longer, I hope.