A lot of people have this happen, and some call the next phase a "second act".I'm 37 years old and I have no idea what em I doing with my life. I have no direction. I tried many jobs, but no carrier. Right now I work as a junior networking technician. Basically many cables and holes in the wall with minimum hardware configuration. In the long term...who knows how many years I can keep doing this.
Maybe you guys are more successful. We will love to hear your great success stories. But maybe you are just like me. And since we don't have a face, there is no shame. If you also suck at life at my age, come and tell your story and share how you make your money.
You experience for me and for the rest will be for sure a learning curve.
So I've been in tech on the development/delivery side for years. Along the way I did corporate training sessions, videos, etc., and that got me interested in voiceover, so that became my second act in my 40s. I now do both tech work and VO and love having a second job that's so fun. Most of my work is audiobooks right now but I'm working towards Video Game VO.
It's still tons of work, takes time, and costs money to ramp up, but I see it now as my retirement job, where I can one day leave tech, just do VO, and be more in control of my own hours.
I did a lot of other jobs along the way too - if you think of the stuff you did, and then imagine something you'd love to do, maybe your "second act" will come to you. For example, a lot of people love the idea of home theater or great tech-connected homes, but could use your help with the "many cables and holes in the wall" part, and you could do people's setups for them.
Anyhow, thanks for putting this here!