Many good ideas seemingly come out of the blue – in my case, dreaming of early retirement. If work felt like a painful sprint, at least it would be short-lived. I considered the impact of a stressed, adult psychiatrist on recruitment, for medical students and junior trainees spend the majority of their training with such consultants. Early retirement can increase the workload of the remaining psychiatrists, given the existing unfilled posts, which can create a domino effect. Previously, the idea of jogging along had felt self-indulgent. Now, it seemed as essential for the profession as for myself.