No, I don’t think finishing college would do you much good at this stage. You mentioned somewhere you were 21 back in 1980, meaning you’re now around 55 years of age. At this stage, people hire you for your experience.
I have a daughter who’ll graduate next year from college, majoring in Asian Studies. For her, while the degree will not help her professionally, it’ll make her competitive compared to others competing for the same jobs. Last summer, she got hired on the spot, behind the cosmetics counter at Macy’s, because she’s a college student, looks attractive, and personnel thought she spoke a foreign language because of her heritage. She doesn’t.
While she felt a bit giddy about getting the job so easily, I warned her that it won’t be so easy in 10 - 20 years, and she’ll have to progress professionally or educationally in the years ahead.
As for me, I have a BS in electrical engineering and MBA in Finance. The MBA helped me in the first few entry jobs in the first 10 years But after that, folks look to see what my job experience is. I became a system project manager in the installation of a computer system of a multi billion dollar company. Technically the engineering degree and MBA did not help me. They need someone who can also do programming, which in my case is self taught. The combination of my prior jobs, mainly accounting and programming, was the key.
I dabbled in real estate on the side. The NYU school of continuing education offers various certificates in Real Estate. I took a number of courses, about 5 or 6, among them: Property Management, Real Estate Accounting, Real Estate Sales, RE Marketing, Licencing course for Sales agents, a course on Doing Real Estate Deals etc. I get a good laugh after NYU because I know more about 1031 exchanges than local attorneys or CPA’s I talk to, and they thought I was an expert.
I did OK in Real Estate and would have done just as well without the NYU certificate. In going out doing deals you have to be hyped up, energetic, have a good sales personality etc. If you’re as frustrated as you currently are, it shows. Unfortunately, in your current situation, its doubtful you can do any of this. You mentioned you couldn’t even keep up doing your landscaping business because the weather is too hot, you get tired easily, and can’t put in a good days work.
Not giving medical advice, it’s quite possible you may be suffering from depression under the circumstances. I had a slight case of it years back, saw a doctor, and he prescribed Prozac. After I was on it for a day or two, thought I had springs under my shoes when I worked down the street. Getting treated is certainly a better alternative to “suicide” that someone suggested to you in the other thread.
If and when you move to NYC, I suggest you get yourself settled, take advantage of city programs here that help those 55 and over, with obsolete job experiences, settle into new careers. It’s free and can’t hurt.