I took a bit of a self-imposed sabbatical to think about the future. What are my priorities? Do I like what I’m doing? Is it, perhaps, time to focus on something different or try something new? Everything has a life-cycle, whether it’s teaching classes or designing systems or whatever, and you can sense it when it’s time for a change.
Also, reality itself gets a vote. You encounter circumstances that force tough choices.
As I always say, everything is infinitely complex. Ultimately, the decisions we make are guesses.
I do, however, have a few ideas in mind.