Worked as a physicist, systems engineer, and IT and Info Security exec. I lived below my means when working, saved money and retired early with no debts, no mortgage, no car payments. I live well in retirement with my husband who has no GAS of any kind - just give him books and he's happy. We travel several times a year and I satisfy my GAS by saving or forgoing a trip. I go out with my camera several times a week at home to take bird photos but I never sell anything.Sounds like you got your priorities right and have a good life I have the money I need to buy whatever my GAS tells me to, but not enough time to enjoy it, as much as I should. I think I have a thing or two to learn from you
I am also a physicist (optical and solid state) and have been working in financial modelling and high performance system design for bank risk management for the last 15 years or so. I'm trying hard to work towards similar goals, not sure in current markets if I will get there soon. Until that time I will continue on the with nature photography as my major pass time and sell a few shots here and there in water and nature adventure markets.