I left my last corporate job almost 8 years ago. Started my 2nd act career at almost the same age as you (43).
It was one of those moments of realization that my life was trickling away between my fingers as I spent 2–4 hours on the freeways in my daily commute. I finally said “enough” and left.
Terrifying, yes. Exciting as well. And ultimately, so much more fulfilling than anything else I’ve done. It’s been the best decision of my life (so far).
I’ve recovered my health and fitness. I’ve made time for friends and family. I own my days and my life again. Congrats on your own journey!