The freedom that writing brings is wonderful. Scary, sometimes, given that we all have to eat and of course to meet our other responsibilities. But being my own boss (whether as a freelance journalist or as an author) is a true privilege.
When I think of all the jobs I've done in the past (and that's an eclectic mix, I can assure you), I can honestly say that writing my first book was the most productive, satisfying and worthwhile work I've ever done. And that on its own is gold.