I worked for many years as well as brought up my two children in a happy relationship. Was too busy to do much more than look after house, do chores and make my children's clothing. Then when the children left home I carried on working for a while and found quilting. I eventually retired and also found machine embroidery which I love as well and compliments quilting. The bones ache a bit more now though. the eyes have dimmed a little but carrying on.
To me quilting is a therapy! LOL.