now i have to spend the rest of my working life in an area I like but I'm not passionate about".
Wrong. You do not have to do that. And you shouldn't. While you may have to do something that you like
(but are not passionate about) for a few years (as many of us did or still do), it is not a life
sentence. Keep working at it - keep doing your best - keep pursuing your passions on the side - and it
will work out.
And there can be worse things than working in a job that you like but aren't passionate about. Much