Another fine post thanks! Now I'm late for bed (again ;-)). That last section was HUGE. It's great that you've posted so much recently (you must be enjoying your blogging "mode").
These posts always hit the nail sooo on the head. I too have many interests and I'm good at many things, but seem to lack the time to do them all which I regret a bit (I know this situation is self made). One of the most fun times I had in life was when I was unemployed in my late teens - I just did whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted - it was great! (had no money though which limited some of my options). Now with a family and house and bills etc it's easy to end up working lots and to let the other interests "wither" a bit, which is a shame (he says, looking longingly at his guitar in the corner of the room) - but it forces me to prioritise stuff like time with the kids.
However, I have a long term plan which is to stick at this for a while building up mega skills and resources so that in a few years I can suddenly change gear into "chill out mode" whilst earning enough money to support my family and give us lots of options - so I think it's OK to have a plan like that as long as I follow it through and don't get stuck in "work mode" forever...plus I love my job so that's good anyway :-)