I hear that. The thought of just living so I can work, at something that isn't even my life's work but rather something I do just so I can live some semblance of a normal life, drives me crazy. Without a romantic connection it's like, what is it all for? When you get to a certain age, it feels like coupling off is the natural state, and you don't want to miss out. Living the single life past that point, just feels like less.
It's too bad we can't have a system like that here in America. Over here, when you're out, you're out, that's it.
I wonder how much better life could be, if our lives didn't have to revolve around money. How much less stressed, less tired, and more curious, more energetic, more enthusiastic, and more interesting could we be?
what was your job, and what job would you like to do?
My job was (still is) in IT, I was doing programming, but it is for their special product, I just don't feel that that knowledge will be of much use elsewhere.
All of my life I was interested in languages, and quite good at them, but I liked computers too, so I chose for IT.
I wouldn't mind doing something else in which I could use those languages, but then you suddenly find yourself competing with people who have a diploma in the languages department (translator / interpreter, etc.).
Also these days it is so much easier for a company to hire a native Spanish speaking person, for instance, than to find a local who speaks a decent Spanish.
It all depends on the job, but as telecommunications are kind of free, and the wages in those countries are often lower, the decision is quickly made.
Also, I can imagine that these days lots of work consists in translating manuals.
For example: if you would work for a company that produces lawn mowers, the job might consist in translating manuals for the different models they produce.
The first one you make would be interesting, some new vocabulary, etc.
But after a couple it would become quite boring.
These days, with the advent of automatic translation it would probably even more tedious.
You would use a program such as DeepL, which translates the text automatically and then you would need to read the result and correct it where the machine translation failed.
So I am not sure it is really interesting, I like languages but I am not sure there are that many interesting jobs related to them.
Also, IT tends to be better paid.