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  • Lately I've been having such crises more and more regularly. Partially that's because I was in boring jobs with incompetent management, partially because I've been programming too long and realized that there's more to life than sitting in front of a computer. The current job is good, and bearable at 30 hours a week. Still, if and when I leave this job, I'd like to do something different than programming. Trouble is, I'm quite good at it, and it pays relatively well (compared to other jobs, it does).

    A lot of people I've spoken to and who also had a crisis like this said they'd like to do something where they exercise their hands, not their heads - like gardening. Or maybe some social job. Of course you need knowledge for that as well. It'd also be nice to do something that doesn't involve month-long projects and endless meetings. That's one reason I took up playing Go. Completing a game takes minutes to hours, success is objectively measurable, it's fun and challenging, and it's still a complex system that's worthy of detailed study.