Anyone here just feel like quitting life? No, I'm not talking about suicide. I enjoy living. I love my wife, my three year old daughter, and my one year old son. I just sometimes wonder if the life I'm living needs to change in some significant way. I can't quite put my finger on it. I have a nice house that overlooks a beautiful forest. I have most everything I want—which isn't anything crazy because I just like buying things that assist my creativity and don't otherwise care much about possessions. My job doesn't pay very much relative to my field (web design and development), but the market for my field isn't very big in this area of the central U.S. Due to budget constraints and structural changes, I'm now essentially at the top of my area at my work because they fired most everyone above me, so there is no longer any chance of promotion. Upper management has been chaotic with a lot of changes. I've lost incentive to do better because what's the point? There's no money for raises. There's no potential to increase my influence by overseeing larger projects. I'm just kind of stuck, but relative to other people I know in bigger cities, I have it fairly easy and get to see my family more than any of them. I'm also getting really sick and tired of "reality" as defined in our current time. There's nothing real. It's all a bunch of people furiously masturbating to their own fantasy self image. They preen their phony online persona so that they can keep up with the similarly phony personas of their "friends." The president isn't real. The news isn't real. Nobody cares about truth any more. To companies we're just these empty vessels into which they pour advertising. Privacy is being constantly eroded. Liberty is slowly slipping down the drain. People expect more and more from you, needing to be always connected or you're deemed a weirdo who doesn't try hard enough. Family time is becoming more of a luxury, and I value my family above all else. Lately I just feel like I need to unplug. Like I need to just buy a plot of land somewhere out west like Wyoming and start a small homestead. My wife and I both come from a long line of farmers, and we know a thing or two about living off the land, but even so I feel unprepared since I haven't had to do it full time for long durations or in extreme conditions. I also feel like I would be screwing my kids out of a proper experience growing up. But what is a proper experience? I don't want them to be awkward socially. But I just can't even imagine the levels of fake B.S. they'll have to deal with in 12-15 years with whatever comes next after whatever is after Snapchat that the kids are using to compare themselves. I hope I don't come across as a curmudgeonly luddite. I don't post in this section of the forum often, but those on the forums who know me know that I'm an advocate for technology and the good it brings through the advancement of knowledge and understanding. And obviously I love my Apple gear. But I also feel like I'm starting to drown in this constant flow of information that is a part of a wider problem across all platforms and I'm not sure what to do. Maybe it's just a part of the stage I'm at in life with young children, unable to take vacations and relax as often. IDK. I'm only in my early 30s and feel more like I'm an old man who doesn't understand the craziness of the world any more. I'm suddenly a lot more sympathetic when it comes to older people like my grandparents and the huge amount of change they've seen in their life. How do you guys cope? Have any of you tried quitting your life to do something radically different? How did it go? Those who have gone through this stage of having a young family, do you think it's just a phase? Sometimes it feels like a coma and every day slips by faster than the one before. I've finally got a real vacation scheduled in a few weeks for the first time in ages (I sometimes take time off of work to work on projects that need to get done at home, which is not a real vacation). We're going out to the Rockies with my wife's family and have a whole plethora of outdoor activities planned. Maybe I'll feel better after that—I hope!