Maynoth, respectfully, I am sure there are other options available to you, but perhaps you're feeling a bit blue about this question, and not seeing the options.
Just for some background I've spent 5 years doing research on every career listed on BLS.GOV that has decent pay, and reasonable education requirements.
I've spoken with professionals, and asked lots of people.
I feel I've put more effort into answering this than anyone else would.
I have two options, I can chase wealth, or I can chase my dreams.
If I chase my dreams I'll be in extreme poverty, beyond what I find acceptable.
BuddhaSoup wrote: is a way to disconnect from your daily life, that may not be the healthiest path to take. I've always felt that meditation practice is an integral part of our life, not an escape from it. I hope that your practice helps you along the Bodhisattva Path, versus taking you away from it.
I appreciate the concern, disconnecting for life is not the goal or point.
BuddhaSoup wrote:As far as emigrating to another country, I sort of get that...I was born in the US, and live and work here (and feel myself lucky to do work in a chosen vocation), but in my next life I might wish to be born in Japan, or Ireland, or some other country with fewer gun deaths, less income and wealth disparity, less poverty in the face of extreme wealth at the other end of the spectrum, and as new Secretary of State John Kerry just alluded to a German audience: less stupidity. I'm lucky to have been born here...can you imagine having been born a Rohingyan Muslim in Burma, and now be setting out on a boat to face death at sea, because no country wants you, or your children?
I feel lucky and fortunate to have been born here and not a third world country, but it's bittersweet. To watch us go to war and kill millions over lies, so our corporations and defense contractors can realize a profit. It's sort of like living a good life because you are a member of the mob. I want to live somewhere else where I don't have to feel like I am contributing to a war machine.
BuddhaSoup wrote:I any case, I feel you have myriad options that perhaps you're not seeing right now. Maybe talk with a vocational counselor, or a trusted teacher in your sangha, a therapist or life coach, or a combination of these, and see if there are options available to you that you're not picking up on. At 50, you have a lot of life in you, and these days, 50 is just a halfway point for many of this generation.
I've spoken to career counselors, and a life coach, there isn't any way to have my cake and eat it too. I can choose between a career or my dreams but not both.
I wish there were another way.
I just came asking for opinions if others were faced with such a choice.