Been ER for almost four years, and was much like you. No matter what ER would bring, it was going to be on my terms, and in and of itself, that's the magic. Unlike many folks who are always busy, doing something, always wanting to travel, be on the move, etc in ER, I am the exact opposite. Being an introvert, there is little I love more than to simply have a calm, quiet, peaceful surrounding to do as I please, many times seeming nothing from the outside. Sure won't make for an exciting Facebook page, or snappy blog, but then again that is not my style. The joy I continue to get from seemingly doing nothing works well for me. Now when there is a big snow storm coming, I can stay cozy in bed, and enjoy the kind of silence, vibe only it can bring - not dread for another trip to work on crazy roads, then more stress returning home.
This time of year also means I get to enjoy feeding birds, watching them while I enjoy a peaceful cup of tea, then go out for my brisk walk, where I interact with people, many strangers, looking for ways to help them out. Later in the eve, I get to do my exercises, and this helps with my physical and mental fitness. No more weekend have to go shopping trips = much less stress, etc. Not having a schedule is the best thing ever. It's freedom, true freedom. I can choose to do about anything I please, or sit back and think, enjoying that as well. I also like the aspect that ER challenges who you really are, what you stand for, that you maintain integrity. I have enough $$$ and time now to put on one hell of a show/sucka/clown show, but as always, even when I could not, I maintain. I love living way below my means, living a very non-luxury lifestyle, austere, but solid and honest. Like many here, we were very Mustachian before we had a word for it. All of this, is a "something" to retire to IMO.
Lastly, I did mention at first how much I generally dislike travel - it's the process anymore for me, but I will say I took a trip to Denver a few months ago, and wow, what place. It feels absolutely booming, and I hope it does not destroy what it seems folks are flocking to and for. Gotta say the weed scene was too surreal, and simply amazing. Good for you Colorado! Good luck John Doe - even if you fly by the seat of your non office suitable pants in ER, you will enjoy the ride. Look forward to you joining us!