I will never get bored of the intellectual stimulace of my job, but yes, I did start to yearn for something more physical. Having kids pretty much solved that desire for me. I’m now a full time roboticist and a part time cook, people mover, negotiator, lab manager, construction foreman, fitness coach, gym spotter, goalie, wanderer, professional wrestler, cleaner, etc.
I’m surprised every week by what it’s like to be a parent. I never expected it to round my life out in such a healthy way, both mentally and physically. Not just because I have offspring but because I’m doing a ton of things I haven’t done in years, decades.Waterluvian on Hacker News
Kids aren’t exactly on my near horizon, although they’re closer than ever with my wedding this year. Compared to a few years ago, the idea has been growing on me and this is such a succinct explanation of why.
This ties in nicely to Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport – he’s a big proponent in the book of getting away from our screens and having high-quality leisure time (i.e. almost every role listed in the quote). I can see being a parent being a good catalyst for exposure to all kinds and levels of growth if you fully embrace the opportunity.