The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. - Thoreau In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was punished to endlessly roll a stone up a hill, only for it to roll back to the bottom when he reached the top. The punishment was in the futility. I treated my life like Sisyphus’ endless task. Every day, every week, every year was to accomplish a set of tasks, only for a new task list to appear the next day/week/year.
Great food for thought, Chris!
I found that working in a company can also make time if what you're building is aligned with your views, compensated well, and can grow constantly.
Although I've been self-employed for seven years, sometimes I think about joining a company that is aligned with my views. What I miss about regular employment sometimes is the growth part because I rarely work with more experienced engineers.
Many who now enjoy self-employment as writers, SaaS founders, or solopreneurs once had mentors or jobs that taught them a lot and can write about that today.