Self employed as well, or as I call it "gainfully unemployeed". However, I put work in a minimum of 6 days a week. I quit my free-ride M.D. scholarship and followed the advice of an instructor and am doing what I love. One smell of a hospital reminds me why I definatly did not love medicine.
I visit family a lot. Like most "gay children" I am the only one trying to take care of my elderly parents and grandparents that my straight brother, three sisters, and various relatives forgot existed outside of baby sitting and loan co-signing duties.
Other free time: SCCA Solo II Autocross & High Speed Time Trials, computer games like World of Warcrack, and Test Drive Unlimited, some graphic design, and a *** life straight guys can only dream about. Well, except for 'Heff, but I doubt he still has the stamina to compete with a man of my age.
I used to work on my cars, restoring a FIAT X1/9, '72 Cutlass Convertible, etc. I love wet sanding and waxing my cars, detailing them to impossible levels. Now I spend that time on the house. I can't say I am a car collector, because even when I had 5 cars, they don't sit in the garage. I drive them, all the time, and if they are sports cars, they get driven hard. If I had a $3 million dollar Ferrari (instead of a $3 million house) I'd be the one everyone gasped at because I drove it across state to the car show.
I love beautiful artwork of cars, like Talbot's, etc. However, they were made to move, and art is best when used to its fullest!
I will never be truely wealthy, as I spend, enjoy and donate the money I make. I am not Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, I neither have billions to give, nor have I formally been a greedy asshole who feels the need to hold press conferences about my donations. I donate what I can when I can and always keep some cash in the car's center console to give the people or charities in need.
I volunteer for various organizations, and plan and help various clubs with events. I do various free work for organizations and small businesses. Big on the Film Festivals and even help out a Director friend when I can. (She's the greatest thing to happen to action films in years, check out www.lanecity.com
) Yes, for your information, she is a real female, and is hetero***ual. She just needs a real budget to let her talent shine!
I have travelled much of the world, and will continue to. I grew up dirt-poor, and everything I have, and everything I have done, I have appreciated and loved. Every day I wake up I remind myself how blessed I have been, in so many ways.
My fear about getting old is not being bored, but not being usefull. Unfortunatly we are a society that throws old people away, rather then learning from their wisdom and skill.