Hi All! I hope you are all having a nice day! I have been in love with planes and helicopters my entire life. I am 31, wife and kids, with a career I would have stayed in longer if not for the slow demise of the industry I am starting to see unfold. For the past 5 years I have been trying to find a way out into something I truly love, when a few weeks ago I realized, maybe it was time I pursue flight. Just yesterday I started taking PPL classes with a CFI I have known for 10 years... To say the least, I am officially hooked. I flew a Piper Cherokee 140 for about 2 hours on a discovery flight. The first 5 minutes of flight I spent sweating profusely, but after I realized I was not going to cause the plane to go into a major nose dive to our untimely demise, I let out a nice breathe and started to fall in love. I am still on cloud 9, 36 hours after touch down. I am living in Chicago IL, and I am currently in sales for Subaru of America. I am very good at it too. I have always been in the top 10 of the midwestern region and have always made a great income ($1xx,xxx) for having no degree in anything. I have been selling now for 10 years too. I would say my laid back demeanor and happy character tends to be a natural benefit to my selling. I am very analytical, calculated, and slow to act. However, recently, my industry is in a downward spiral with things like the internet, and I need to jump from this crashing plane before it hits the ground. This is where the flight idea came in. My CFI invited me out for a discovery flight as I mentioned, and it planted a seed I just cant stop thinking about. I want to find my place in the aviation industry, that allows me the opportunity to fly on the regular, and make a decent career out of it. What do you recommend? I have been brainstorming ideas, but really don't know all the possibilities aviation can offer me. I have been told getting into this industry is hard, especially to a level that pays you anything. My first ideas are as follows, MedEvac Helicopter Pilot, Aircraft Sales, News Helicopter Pilot, Private Pilot, Cargo Transport, Airline Pilot, and lastly a CFI (CFI last due to income). Now, I placed my career interest in order of most preferred to least preferred. I do not want to be an airline pilot as I do cherish my family, and already own a home in Chicago, with roots I do not want to severe. I am lucky enough to have a 4 car garage, which may seem like a lame thing to also cherish, but I build cars for a hobby, and race them on the regular at Road America, Gingerman Raceway, and Autobahn Country Club. I have a strong passion for the things I love, and I will put in whatever work I need to, to dominate what ever I am doing. I would like to keep a similar income as my hobbies are expensive, and it looks like they are getting more expensive. I have also heard the long haul pilots have a shorter life expectancy as they are juggled through the constant stressors of A to B travel, pressurization and depressurization, and high altitude radiation. Along with regional pilots being under-paid until their dues are paid. Only to be up-rooted by needing to switch airlines due to the company laying you off. If anyone could give me some insight, I would be forever grateful, you would be giving me an opportunity to fill a dream I never thought long enough about to actually realize it into reality, but I am doing that now. Please help me.