So, I have been considering a mid-life career change that would, really, turn my life completely upside-down.
As many (*most*) of you know, I work for a law-firm during the day and own my own dog training business on the side. My original career plan was to become a professor of religion (I have a bachelor's degree in English and Religion) and when that didn't come through, I went into the legal field with the thought that one day, possibly, I might become a lawyer.
Well, that didn't happen and events in life intervened and I got involved with animal welfare and, most notably, the study of canine behavior.
The kicker is that I have no science background. The last biology class I took was in 9th grade, twenty-two years ago.
Despite that, I've made the decision to apply to a distance learning program from a large university to study for an Associate's Degree in veterinary technology. I'd like, eventually, to get out of the legal field and into the veterinary/animal welfare field at some point, but it's going to probably take me the next 10 years to do so. It'll be hard - school will be expensive, the jobs I will eventually take will pay a lot less than I make now, but I think I'd be following my passion, rather than just making time for it when I can.
My question to all of you out there is: are there any of you who made a mid-life career change? Left one long-time career for something totally different? Did you find it was worth the sacrifices you made?