Ace in the side.
It's hard to not pursue pool full time and try to make a living at it when you're an excellent player. I commend you on your wise decision and am confident you are the better for it.There was nothing there, couldn’t make any money, no tournaments back in the day except for Stardust tourney in Vegas and Johnston City.
I was the Tiger Woods of pocket billiards back in the day and I loved the game as much as anyone but couldn’t make any money. I have met most of the great players from the 50’s - 60’s and before.
They were all broke and most lived out of a suitcase! I didn’t want to commit myself to a life like that so I left the game for the job market and did pretty good. I have no regrets. I’ve missed the game all my life and all the characters that came with it!