Yes, medical transport is another huge growth industry. I'm not sure if there are specific licensing requirements though. Each state will be different, if it's not too arduous from a regulation perspective to get private pay fares, this would actually be a great way to pay for a minivan, which is my likely vehicle replacement when the Scion gets too banged up to serve her purpose.
Since my recent "lazy spell", despite lack of outdoor time, I'm not bored at all. I really, really like just hanging around with friends, entertaining myself with old video games, learning, reading, and thinking. The last couple of days in particular, I've digested a lot of concepts. This is partially because it's quickly becoming decision time wrt how much longer I'm going to remain unemployed. The GF is already in the third week of her contract, and if I'm going to start back up any time soon, I should try and make it align somewhat with her.
On my mind has been this concept of bare bones FI. Something I really never thought much about when accumulating. This seems to tie in nicely with a recent reread of YMOYL (I read it and ERE annually for the past three years), and the concept of advancing to FI Wheaton Level 6. Combining this with some of the excellent recent threads around here; technical debts, environmental threats, even relationship issues in journals. Where it becomes so obvious humans have a very difficult time understanding flows when there is large separation of time and space between action and reaction(s). Together this has me thinking about how all of this fits into a life of personal satisfaction.
The interesting thing about all of this is that I am bare-bones FI. As in, I can afford basic shelter, basic food, basic healthcare, basic transportation, and basic hobbies for the rest of my life within any reasonable degree of certainty that is possible to predict. You would think, this makes my life easy from a YMOYL, life energy cost perspective. For example, at the end of this month I'm going on a week long road trip. It will include a long weekend in Minneapolis for the GF and I alone, where we plan to take advantage of bigger city activities we can't get around home, a couple of days around the holiday with her family, and a couple with mine. Now lets assume I have a real PRN nursing job, where I can pick up shifts at will. I can easily calculate that this trip (an extra. not covered by FI) would cost me about 2 days of work that I would have to pick up within a couple of weeks before or after the trip. Is this worth it to me? Absolutely! Done deal.
Here's the thing. I optimized my wage in such a manner that it really only takes one day, in my current arrangement, to pay for this trip. The catch is I have to work three months straight of full time to get that wage. So, now do I ask; Is it worth one day of work to go on that trip? or do I ask, is it worth three months of full time work to go on that trip and maybe others like it? Because the answers are different. Additionally, there is a huge gap in space and time between when I actually work, and when I go on this trip. It becomes hard in my fickle human brain to remember three months later that I'm working today to "pay off" that trip I took in November last year... It will just become another day working, and for what? Since I'm barebones FI and have no extra spending planned... This line of thought leads to a miserable day.
Obviously, I can change my mind and get that PRN job to help clarify all of this. The "cost" though, is that every "extra" takes twice as much life energy. My strategic vision tells me to optimize one way, while human nature wants me to focus on the emotional connections of direct action and reaction. Maybe certain personalities don't have this particular dualism (I'm looking at you INTJ), but I do. Even the folks who tend to be more of the "dreamer" variety have the ability to associate current actions with future dreams, even if they never become a reality, because it's the dreaming they enjoy. I'm too pragmatic and short term. Being this way makes decisions like my current one, go back to work or not, harder. I need to find a way to more easily associate perceived "work" and sacrifice, with the potential gains. Specifically when dealing with more uncertainty and with larger separations in time/space, action/reactions. Put more generally, I think I need to associate some type of pragmatic purpose with my actions to make them feel more meaningful while i'm doing them. I think this will help me on multiple fronts. I could even go so far as to call it a lever point in multiple c_L systems.