Taking a month off does something. It makes you long for what you really want.
It's like having the following conversation after viewing the world from a mountaintop.
"Having several weeks off must really make you want to get back to it."
"Yeah, I really want to get back to drawing and writing."
"I was talking about work."
"Work, what kind of a person wants to get back to work?"
Also I had two parts of my life give me a stark contrast today. The first was that of me as a scientist at the National Nuclear Energy Museum. I was soberly reminded that every bit of knowledge I have gained somehow goes towards weapons. I'll never make weapons but they still could be my legacy.
The second part was that of the social cartoonist. I attended a signing by Danielle Corsetto, and I long to be able to do something like that. I have a long way to go, but it would be a career where I don't have to fear success.