This is me...
I'm a family man - two sons, one daughter-in-law and two grandaughters. Work was killing me quickly, and not with love, so I gave it all away and retired to be a full-time volunteer firefighter.
What have I done with my life? Been in the Army. Been a manager, IT Analyst/Prog. martial arts instructor. As a firefighter? My first bushfire was when I was 20, a crown fire, nice introduction! Volunteer in the Country Fire Authority, Victoria. Australia. Structure/Wildfire qualified, Hazmat, Level 3 1st Aid, driver, Trainer/Assessor, and lot's of bits and pieces.
We have a manageable number of jobs for a volunteer brigade - around 300 a year.
I'm in the middle of that photo on the left. 35C, very little shade, acid spill in a water treatment plant (which is why the chemical splashsuit), the spill was out in the sun. Of course. And I was there for 5 hours. Of course. But that's what they pay us for isn't it? Oh wait - I don't get paid do I? Never mind, it keeps us busy..