I had a great 17 year run chasing various DXCC “awards”. I do think they are more like working problems in a school workbook than awards.
I have worried that without structure, would I still want to be a DXer?. The answer is Yes, absolutely.
I love the integration of components in the Elecraft K-Line. I’m at a point where 500 watts is plenty enough
I love asking technical questions in a hypothesis like fashion, then building something and doing A B tests.
I love chasing counters on Top Band, and will do so until I can no longer play radio.
It’s all just for fun now, and that makes me happy.