Thank you for a heartfelt article that I can utterly relate to. There may not be another field in the world so much as IT where if you don't actively keep up, it will run you over and leave you squinting at the mud-caked license plate of the bus that hit you.
Many of us are so overworked and stressed anyway that things we'd all like to accomplish like an artisan putting the finishing touches on a Stradivarius, instead we end up doing like a coked-up plumber frantically patching leaks and plunging stopped up toilets. (I have many times described my job as similar to one of those entertainers that manage to keep a number of plates spinning on sticks by running frantically back and forth) There is never enough time for continuing education and researching problems.
IT is so often treated like the proverbial red-headed bastard stepchild. Even though most modern businesses cannot exist or at least thrive without a competent IT staff, IT often gets the least staffing, the worst budgets, and the least regard from business leaders. Yet when something major does go wrong, there's plenty of blame to go around. Most of us wouldn't build a building without a solid foundation, yet IT is allocated sandstone to work with.
There is probably no other field except Medicine where there is such a diverse array of specialized jobs, yet often we are expected to be Swiss Army knives where skills are concerned. And frequently we have to guard against attacks from outside, from within, and occasionally from management.
I'm sure we will all be Pwned at some point. (if we haven't already and just don't realize it) I think I started out with a point to make, but it's been a long day of madness and I'll just wrap up by saying thank you again for an excellent article that hits most of us where we live.