Originally Posted by Larro Darro
Phil, if this works for you, that is great. But as much as you love your work, I would make sure I had something lined up before you quit. Is there work near your old town that you would find fulfilling? A short commute would be better than being miserable. At this point the pay is not as important as finding something you like. Good luck whatever you decide to do.
As I mentioned in the original post, I am applying for a variety of lower-paying jobs in the old hometowwn and vacinity. In effect falling back on the Bachelor's degree in Biology I got before going to professional school.
Lower-paying is not the same as meaningless. From discussing the positions with the potential new employers, some of these positions really do seem to accomplish significant things.
Last year, I took my first new job in 16 years. In looking back on the move, I think that what makes a job good or bad in not the pay. It is the people you work with. If the people you work with are nice, and you get along well with them the job is great no matter what the pay is.
Of course, I am deep into FI territory. If I was not FI, I might see things the other way.