Your dream career if money wasn't an issue.
ive always wanted to start an animal sanctuary for the less desireable critters. three legged dogs, cats missing an ear, blind horses, featherless birds, and especially emotionally traumatized animals. i want it to be out in the sticks somewhere. and i want to invite kids(especially city kids) to come spend some time there, learning and helping and growing. that sounds about right.
I worked most of my working years as a electrican in construction, good money, and paid the bills. I did enjoy the work. But the dream would been just a musician, but to make a living you have to be damm good and lucky at it. The best I ever did was beer joints, coffee and yogurt shops. now it's my back porch. Can't always get what you want.
Dream achieved by retiring this past February 3rd.
From Office Space:
Bob: Looks like you’ve been missing quite a bit of work lately.
Peter Gibbons: Well, I wouldn’t say I’ve been MISSING it, Bob.
I can't say I've been missing work either. Work is highly overrated. My retirement funds are meager, so I'm going to say money is overrated too. LOL
I wouldn't focus on a career. If I were independently wealthy (i.e., enough to live on comfortably for the rest of my life), I'd seek out a variety of volunteer opportunities (more mediation work, start doing literacy tutoring, etc.) and spend the rest of my "productive" time writing, practicing visual art, etc. My more passive time would include reading, Netflix, light chores (e.g., gardening), and leisurely physical activity like walking.