My solace is the example a friend set. She used to operate on a very manic high energy level, looked like Grace Kelly and had the world at her feet. She was forced to do a degree in a field she didn't enjoy by her father and ended up working as a secretary by default. She was always so miserable and frustrated and I kept telling her that one of the reasons was that she wasn't really meant to be a secretary - it wasn't her. One day her boss got to her so much that she had a psychotic break. She received medical treatment and spent two years in her flat barely going out at all even though the medication had helped and she could function again. The point is that she needed time out. Eventually she got her act together and did another degree and is now working in a new profession. So I guess my point is that for whatever reason, sometimes people need to retreat when they are at a turning point and go with the flow. I thought she would be stuck in her apartment forever but she came out of it. I know that i am just saying what has already been said but using an allegory to do it.
Some people choose to live hermetic lives - monks, nuns, etc. There is a whole spectrum of options. As long as we feel safe and happy and our basic needs are met I think it really is either a personal choice or a phase we need to go through to reassess our direction.
I am finding marketing increasingly offensive and ridiculous and want to cull my possessions not accumulate more and remove myself from this global market. So many people are running around like chickens without heads trying to buy things they don't need to achieve a lifestyle they are told they need. I don't want to play anymore either. (did I write too much)