Its been almost 20 years since I gave up "normal" life. The high powered engineering/management job was financially rewarding, yet entirely too stressful. I care a great deal about people and felt immense empathy for the employees who reported to me. I worried about the job and the people more than was healthy.
You've read the story of how I left corporate life - jumping off the cliff into the great unknown - moving to an island, co-founding a non-profit for dolphins and whales, and changing my name. Even though I left the East Coast, seeds had been sown with people and ideas I had forgotten. They were secretly being nurtured and have been growing all this time.