Before I discovered long distance hiking I was a responsible, upstanding, new construction plumber.
I have also been a forklift mechanic, commercial photo lab printer, garbage truck driver, centerless grinder operator, delivery driver, automotive drive shaft fabricator/ welder, and janitor.
I once worked at Mc Donalds just to save money up to move away with a girl.
I do well with any job, and particularly well in mechanical jobs.
The main issue i have is that I master the job and just get bored to tears.
About 2 years is as long as i can stand the pretense of secondary aims.
Although I did the plumbing thing for over 10 years until the big crash.
I am blue collar working trash.
Currently i am cleaning carpets for a major company and dreaming of the day i can save up enough to hike a long trail once again.
The PCT cost me 5 grand, the CDT about the same, the AT a little less. Basically my goal in life at this moment is to scrape another 5 grand together and take another long walk.
None of this is real. The job, the car, the bills.
Only what happens while walking is real.