We choose to live in Cornwall for a reason. We both gave up potentially financially lucrative careers to live in the relative backwaters of the south west as we decided we didn't want to end up becoming like the majority of money and status obsessed people around us; assholes. We could see it coming and decided to opt out.
We totally get this guy, but could also still learn more from him. He lives a charmed and magical life. If you don't "get it" then maybe you should consider if you are an asshole or not.
So meet Dr. John Kitchin. He quit a medical career to pursue his passion; skating along the boardwalk of San Diego's Pacific Beach. He calls himself "Slomo". He could have 'had it all ' and now he does.
It's as simple as that.