Let’s be real. There is more to life than work. Which means, for me, there is more to life than retouching. That being said, work is important. It’s just not all-important. It ought to be a source of satisfaction (if done well), as well as a means of support for you and your loved ones. It should be fun! It should be challenging! If you’re pushing your personal envelope it should be occasionally frustrating! For me retouching is all of those things. I’ve spent literally decades honing this craft and, I am proud to say, have achieved a very high level of expertise. I can look at a raw image and, almost immediately, know how it should look and the best and most efficient way to get it there. In many ways retouching is second nature to me. It ought to be after nearly 25 years!