If you like to tinker then FreeBSD is a great system for desktop. If you just like to use your computer for your work then modern Linux is quite comfortable and usually works from the box. As I aged I gradually moved from the first category to the second. When a new FreeBSD release is created I think about trying out. Then I read my notes on previous tinkering I had to do in order to have a decent desktop and change my mind.
It takes me about 10 minutes (probably less) to set up a desktop for FreeBSD.
Yes, unlike a "distro", FreeBSD makes you work and think about the process. There's no hand holding other than installing the OS for you. If you want a "distro" there's always GhostBSD. If you don't want to use FreeBSD, good on you.