Cannot relate. Spent the prior 10 years on a side-track: work and raising my kids were pretty much my entire life. Kept a dull job, as it let me work from home, and take care of my kids after a divorce.
Change of life. Kids do not need my time anymore (or very little). Now working in an office at EMC (a very large company). Took the job as the guy I interviewed with was exactly the sort I wanted. He plays all the games (and enjoys it), deals with all the management noise, then gets out of the way so developers can work.
EMC always impressed me as a completely uninteresting company. Turns out ... at least for this job ... this is fun. Company is growing like crazy, and even more so our product group. Pay is decent, usual benefits (and a bit more), regular bonuses (first time I've had this), stock grants, options, and a discounted purchase plan. (Makes a substantial difference if you stick around.)
Landed in a project right in the cutting edge (cloud-based tech). Odds are - we are going to make an insane amount of money for the company, at a company in the habit of paying out on successful products. This could prove very profitable ... and I am working for the most part regular hours, and (for once) do not take my work home. (This month is an exception - going flat out to get the project launched.)
Very odd that for the first time I have landed a very rewarding very corporate job (most of my prior time was a smaller/startup outfits), when so many others cannot find anything similar.