Might be, might not be, can’t really say. I like learning to read different languages and since computers all behave basically the same way, once you learn how one programming language works, it’s not *that* hard to learn how to read others.
Writing is another story. Harder to write than read. I don’t actually like programming unless I have a reason to do so. One good thing about there being many programmers ‘out there’ freely sharing their code is that if I want to do something, there’s *probably* somebody else out there who put the time and effort in and did it already. I just have to copy it, figure out what it’s doing, customize it, then use it.
I think I do it for the “solving a mystery” aspect of things. I see something strange to me, then I want to understand it.
Your life without FORTRAN is not incomplete. I just like learning to read computer languages as a hobby. I do the same with any strange thing I come across. I have Chinese on my “someday” list as well, but I’m not in any rush for that.