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Mission creep

Same here. OK to pitch in extra hours for a few weeks when things are particularly busy, but after months of that (60-hour weeks), I gave notice. On my last day, boss asked, "Would you like to continue on a part-time basis?"
Me: "I'm already part-time, officially; so, no."
At the time I thought I was just taking a much-needed break, but after about a year I realized I wasn't going back, so relabeled my status from "on a break" to "retired."

I had worked hard to develop a skill set, and regret not being able to use it for as long as I'd anticipated. But the satisfaction of doing good work was outweighed by the stress of long hours and unreasonable deadlines.
DD is also in a high stress job with unreasonable clients, but she's a lot better about saying no and managing her workload on an ongoing basis, so I think she'll stay comfortably in the saddle for as long as she likes. I'm happy for her, and relieved on her behalf.
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