It’s only when I talk to other professors when I realize how anomalous is in this group my life with its house parties, travel, playdates for my kid, work in the office, in-person teaching, real trick-or-treating for Halloween, Thanksgiving in Florida, and restaurant visits with friends.
People have stolen a whole year of life from themselves. Imagine how angry they’ll be when they discover it was unnecessary.
P.S. I actually know a few other professors who lead completely normal lives. They are either over (yes, over) the age of 60 or vote Republican.