A post I wrote last year got published on an online article directory. You can read the published article here.
I remember feeling genuinely happy after writing this post. The outcome of having written it immediately after having experienced it mirrored in how naturally the words flowed when I began writing it. The experience was so enlightening that I didn't want to risk losing the feeling. I don't feel like that every time I sit down to write.
I have more time on hand now, more pockets during the day when I can let the mind wander. I think it's very liberating!