I wonder if my brain would be free to construct the story if I didn't have the day job.
Would Einstein have constructed his ideas if he had been in academia instead of the patent office?
My job gives me something mindless to do and gives my brain time to wander.
Perhaps I need [retail].
Doesn't mean I won't try to escape. I'm sure I'll find a way to bloom no matter where I'm planted. If I am free of [retail], I will likely have to take a crappy part-time job just to give my mind a chance to wander. But at least then it will be on my terms, not theirs.