For a moment I thought we were on about gearboxes but no, apparently it is National Downshifting Week where some high-flyers are giving/have given up the city-life stress and "opted to sacrifice their well-paid, high-octane lifestyles for a simpler, quieter life."
Did it 2 years ago. Highly recommended, though I must admit there are one or two aspects of the old job that I miss. The stress, however, is not one of them. I would (and have) paid a lot to be rid of it!
again not voluntarily - due to an illness which took me 4 years to get back on my feet. After being Operations Director of a large manufacturing company for 10 years, to doing nothing was a shock to the system, but after a few false starts, I now work for a well known charity helping people with Disabilities back into work - much more rewarding, much less pressure, much less money! If nothing, it taught me some valuable lessons about what's really important in life, and how much of my family growing up I had missed out on through being away. I've had a chance to put that right - and I'm happier now than I've been for a long time.