It's interesting, in retrospect, that I found a home in the FOSS world where I couldn't in the "traditional" world. Part of it is I'm a misfit maverick myself. I loathe working the traditional 8-5 schedule, I hate being stuck in an office with equipment I didn't choose, and and I absolutely detest being trapped in buildings full of sick people who have accumulated decades of sick leave because THEY NEVER STAY HOME!!
I have been given substantial help from a lot of talented, generous people. That combined with my own stubborness and thick skin has kept me going. My dream is to see FOSS mature to where you don't need a high tolerance for flames, trolling, and hostility to survive, but can simply focus on the work.