Well, it turned out that my aviation dream was a big detour in my career.
My reflexes and hand-eye coordination aren't what they used to be, and I hit an obstacle when I tried landing the plane (Cirrus SR20). I never damaged the plane in any way, but my landings were inconsistent--sometimes ballooning, sometimes landing too hard, and sometimes veering off the midline. My instructor could not clear me to fly solo. In addition, my vision was deteriorating after my retinal surgery in 2019. I had to make the tough decision to stop flying and return to medicine.
Now I am about to start working full-time at a new medical practice, and embark on a new but familiar adventure.