I am giving up on this goal after a very long time of not being able to do so. I had to face facts a few months ago when I learned that my niece is starting to work on becoming an interpreter. I was intensely jealous when I first learned this.
But then I started to think about doing it again myself and found the whole prospect dreadful. I knew I would have to do so much to polish up my language skills, relearn vocabulary, reestablish connections, be willing to work for crap pay to break in, etc. Plus the metro area market is hard to get into and I tried several years ago when I was at my prime, language-wise and also had many connections.
I have so many other ideas for businesses and directions I could take this life . . . putting in the time to again achieve the language quality I would need to be an interpreter is probably not something I will do. I am ready to pass along some of my materials to my niece and wish her the best. It was not in the cards for me and I have found many, many other interests that also satisfy me and can be a fulfilling (and frankly, probably much easier) career for me. 3 years ago