Originally Posted by SkyHigh
I am your friend and threw you a bone so that you would not loose all hope.
I would never "lose" hope! When I started out in this business (1974) you couldn't get a major airline job without being ex-military (a few exceptions) and have 20/20 uncorrected vision. I had neither. I never set out to be a major airline pilot. All of MY mentors were flying DC-3's, C-46's, C-54's, B-25's, D-18's, etc. around the Caribbean (I grew up on St. Croix). They loved aviation. Most of them owned small airplanes on the side. Most were married and had families. They all seemed very happy. They didn't earn a lot of money ($20-30K/yr). But they lived comfortably. My father made about $35K/yr as an engineer for Martin Marietta. We had a good life. I figured that would be my life. When the massive hirings of the mid-80's began I shifted focus. I was making about $30K/yr as a DHC-6 Capt. Caribbean aviation as I knew it was starting to dry up. SAT came calling and I went to see the world in a C-130 for very good pay. That Herk experience + good networking got me my interview at FedEx. The rest is history (still being written).
I think that you are conflicted. In one post you say it's taken you years to get aviation out of your system. In another post you say you couldn't care less about airplanes (and never did). Which is it? They seem mutually exclusive to me.
I really do hope you're happy in your life. Seems that you harbor some kind of disappointment for not making it in aviation.