I've never not worked.
For a long time, I thought it was who I was -- and I don't mean the label.
But, I always felt I was chasing a hopeless end; namely more of one thing and less of another. (It might have helped if said organisations had put the ‘H’word on the agenda but I doubt it.)
In the end, it's how we see ourselves (within the world) that counts not the output we pursue.
Take yesterday as an example. It wasn't any more troublesome than any other but simply going for a walk, listening to nature and observing a magnificent vista was enough.
Don't get me wrong, there's a massive amount to be gained by doing purposeful work, helping others and being paid, but if my journey is anything to go by, the result will not be an acceptance of what is but a pursuit of more, even if that's the status quo.
As I posited yesterday, all we need, including happiness, is to be found in the now (it’s not about a pursuit in the classic sense but allowing things to fall away). That applies equally to work, as it does to every other area of life.