In the mid-1990's, I had to find a "serious" job to provide for my kids. Because I was told that there was a future in computer programming and because it's something that I tinkered with for years, I decided to go for that program at the local college.
In 1999, I graduated and got my first job as a programmer. I moved to the national capital region and worked for the government, just like every responsible adult did.
I hated it
A few years later, a series of events gave me to opportunity to change my life. I decided to go back to school and do something that I was interested in. I went for a bachelor degree in physics.
As a student, I met this incredible prof who did computational astrophysics. When I saw his work, I was fascinated by it and started working with him. I did not realized it at that time but I fell in love with programming.
Since then, I've been in the tech industry (and never worked in the astrophysics field) and whenever I can, I try to share this passion with people.