How to handle regrets of retirement “dry run”?

Here’s my background: spent past 30 years building a “proper” career track. College, grad school, pharma industry from scientist to VP. Some of the companies I worked for failed, some succeeded, but none brought 8+ figure payout. I felt a bit of burn-out since 2020 and volunteered to go part-time with my most recent company, considering this a “dry run” for the retirement.

Question: How do I get rid of the feeling that I’m missing a purpose and, more importantly, extra $25k every month I go out there enjoying hiking in NV or skiing in CO? Part-timing helps a bit and brings enough cash to pay the bills, but it all feels like a super expensive vacation…



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