Have you tried scopolamine patches? I needed to use them when I first started VR exercise as it gave me horrible motion sickness. I was able to taper off the patches in about two months and the VR no longer bothers me.
When I was about 24 to 25, and an associate engineer in a manufacturing engineering department, with an associate degree in industrial electronics and a partially completed BS in computer science, I dreamed that I would go back to school and complete my BS, and then become an engineer again later.
That dream was shattered. I didn’t realize how badly the great recession would hit. A few months after I left, someone ran some planes into the world trade center. I also didn’t realize how hard it would be to get a hardware engineering job again without a hardware engineering degree. It so happened I was in one of the few local places that did that, I guess.
I struggled with low paying jobs for years, and my dreams and confidence were sort of shattered for a few years, as you indicate. I started getting back on track in 2009.
I secretly aspired to win a Nobel prize when I was little. Oscars didn’t appeal to me, but Nobels wow, I used to daydream about it a lot. Someone should’ve taught me early that dreams without action mean nothing. I was, and still am a triple A slacker.