As an IT veteran, I’ve used many languages, as well. Today, I really appreciate clean, simple languages that have clean, simple semantics. The reason is because a language shapes how your mind thinks about solving a problem. An ugly language that gets in your way makes programming that much more difficult.
Today’s tooling, esp. the heavy IDEs such as Visual Studio and IntelliJ, make programming in Java, C++, C#, and so on relatively tolerable. That’s not to say, though, that using those languages is a joy. I still put a lot of weight on the quality of the language itself.