A question for the masses…How did you break the news to family members that are/were unsupportive of your decision to become a pilot?
My situation is, wife and 2 young kids in private school. When I open the discussion about a pilot career, she is understanding about the cost of schooling, low pay for a short time, and being away at times. I’ve been able to easily explain this part. However, we always come around to the inevitable question, “How is this going to be good for the family?” Currently I’m miserable where I work, albeit the pay is INSANELY good and coworkers are great, but I want something more. I want a job that gives me satisfaction and something I actually want to get out of bed for. I explain that a happy work environment for myself is good for the family and that I won’t be miserable in the mornings or evenings, great pay eventually and great quality of life eventually…she always quips with, “this still seems highly selfish and still doesn’t look great for the family.” It stumps me every time.
So what do/have you done to explain that this could be a good move for your family? If it doesn’t seem good, please speak up as well.