I found out well into marriage and kids that flying was my one true passion. I lived right near an airport for a few years, and got my SEL license in 2003 with 40.1 hours at the time of my exam. Flew for about a year, then had another kid and moved to a house we really could not afford, and stopped flying. I have a little over 60 hours. I am now 48 years old. I just signed up for a BFR and to get my medical next week and am jumping in with both feet purchasing an aircraft in the next month or so. My plan once I am current and proficient, is to fly the family regularly for lunch and dinner flights just for fun and to build some hours. I think I should get right in to getting my IFR endorsement to expand the use of my plane, and to just become a safer pilot. My goal is to get my commercial ticket, so I have a fairly long haul, but another 200 hours should be easily reachable in less than a year's time. I'll have my complex and high performance endorsements done in this time as well. Here is the big dreams part. I want to fly tourist flights in my "retirement" in about three years. Most operators require 2,500 hours to fly people. Most cargo operators require 1,000 hours as a minimum for hiring, which I realize would be a good step, in this "career" path. Besides becoming a CFI, how do I get from 250 hours to 1,000 quickly in order just to start flying cargo? I won't be quitting my day job during this time. Any other advice anyone can give? I'm going to finish my "working" phase of my life doing what I love!