Congratulations on the repair.
Fabricating with metal and fixing broken metal by welding is the most rewarding thing. I learned torch, stick, mig and tig in our community college, and got to tig weld w/ some exotic metals in a glove box full of pure argon. Ran through all the courses, was controlling the puddle and running pretty beads if I do say so myself, and didn't want to quit. I thought about turning around and applying to the college to teach the next bunch of students.
But what I wanted was a $100/hr white lab coat job repairing jet turbine blades. Once I thought I was getting up to speed, I applied at several high-end aviation maintenance shops in DFW who do that kind of work. OMG they just laughed at me and said things like, "All right, just go weld up camper tops and lawn furniture for ten years, then come back and see me..."
Criminy, I was already in my 40's. I hung up the mask and gloves and went back to being a rock&roll bass player...