@kem, kindly stop beating yourself up
I want to see one person who does not make mistakes in general, or one that does not make even one mistake as related to EM. Yes, even our dearest Jake made them.
The truth is you cannot know where you would have been if you took another path. My best guess, just from my own life experience, is that you would be still where you are today.
I do recall reading somewhere on the forum that, sometimes, our eyes take their sweet time in changing, while other times they pick up speed, and you can’t keep up. Somewhat like a child’s growth spurts.
Enjoy the growth spurt… I mean, your diopter reductions.