The truth? My business isn’t thriving. (It isn’t withering either; this essay isn’t a plea for sympathy.) Instead, work and design are no longer my primary motivator for living. Business-ing now comes in as a far off second place finisher. It’s not a sacrifice. It is the way in which I was supposed to be behaving all along.
But I like Firewatch’s more prosaic take: that running away from your problems isn’t just a psychological flight of fancy explored in a daydream or a mind palace, but a real thing you can do, and if you do it, there are consequences. Firewatch is a story about real people who take the easy way out and end up making a mess.