This is a more popular thread than you might have imagined.
I cannot say what my career is because I am a fader, but I was almost talked
out of my current career because of missing meetings, which would be a bad
example for an elder. But it was post-1995 when I started to pursue a career
that I would be able to retire from with a decent income.
I had decided that the generation change made this a high priority. I told the
BOE that they could decide to "delete" me when or if it became a problem.
Anyway, I started my career in 2000 and they never deleted me. I love it now.
Most of my phone contact friends from JWD know what I do. You can appreciate
how it would have been a lost opportunity of enjoyable rewarding work just to
wear an elder badge.
In many ways, I am glad they didn't delete me. I might have lingered on as a
JW for much longer if I had a lighter load. Why men covet that elder badge is beyond
me. I just did it for "Jehovah." I never wanted the load.