Ageism has made it difficult for me to get a job in my industry, but my family prefers I get a job. I have enough money to survive for 12 months without work. What advice would you give?
It's time to find your passion. There's something out there that is your calling. If it were you're industry we wouldn't be having this conversation. You'd be surprised a) how much more you can tolerate the "job" if you have to, and b) how quickly you'll make even more money once you connect with your passion.
I'm sorry to hear you've lost a job. I have been there (was in a shrinking industry for years), like so many others. However, I have no regrets about finally infusing my life with the work that lights me up.
Reach out as needed. There are a lot of us here who "get it."