After working 7 days a week since I was 13 years old, starting from a time of sleeping on the floor for a few months as my mother and I were trying to start a new better life in a new place without knowing the language at all. Doing office cleaning every night and every weekend until about a year after I got my first machinist job (closed the cleaning business mid 2021 btw, only had 1 small contract left and covid bs made it a nightmare so it was time) In that time we have met some great people, including the one who got me into this trade, he was Scottish and his wife German, they escaped soon after the 2nd war to start a better life. Had a few other friends that became like family but nearly all have since passed away, cancer/old age or moved away.
I bought my first lathe at 20 or 21 as far as I can remember and left the day job before turning 23. The last 15 years have taken quite a lot of work and energy for the years in the basement to building a new house/shop since 2009 and getting it all paid off. For a short moment it felt like I was finally on top of things and could just cruise, maybe I could finally try to enjoy other things in life before I'm too old to do it, except for not being allowed to go anywhere or do anything now that I'm a 2nd class citizen paying close to 6 figures in taxes per year under a government that has no intention of EVER ending any of these tyrannical mandates/obedience passes, and now I feel like I must try to start everything over again. There is not one single thing that is going right for Canada and everyone with one eye open is seeing it. My circle of friends/acquaintances has considerably diminished over the last few years, and even more so in the last 3 weeks.
Back in the mid 2000's I used to do a lot of on-site welding at night alone at a place overlooking the harbor(city on other side, lots of lights) I'd go outside for a bit of fresh air around 10-11pm or 2am sometimes, it was dead quiet and look at the other side and wonder " WTF am I doing here? " That feeling/question had since for the most part gone away, and last night when I sat down, I had that same feeling once again like there's nothing here anymore other than the working and paying taxes until I die in a country that hates me, a government intent on destroying me and all those like me, and surrounded almost entirely by people who believe everything the Pravda State Media tells them and don't generally understand the basic meaning freedom or in anything I believe in.(there's a few exceptions but we're a minority)
I don't yet know what comes next other than trying to work even harder to hopefully broaden my opportunities a bit if I'm allowed and hopefully survive better than the rest.
Best of luck to everyone, and try to stay on the right side of history.