This I really a super helpful threat to so many of us. Thanks to all of you reading this for taking the time to reply - know there is someone out there reading what you wrote, and thanking you for it!
I too have been contemplating the “is 40 too old” question for awhile now. Although not yet 40, I am 38. The problem with taking the sky dive is not for a lack of love or enthusiasm - I got my private pilot’s license last year and love flying as much as I thought I would!
Rather, I have a very great and very secure (tenure track) job as a university professor. I love what I do, and I LOVE the benefits and schedule freedom. But I work like an absolute dog. Anyone in academia knows exactly what I am talking about - impossible to turn off at any point, night or day, 365 per year. For an 85k annual salary, I certainly wouldn’t be here if I didn’t love my profession. But it is absolutely exhausting, and on too many occasions have I realized that I could work fewer hours in a week, make twice as much money, and still have a very high quality of life.
Then there is the job security issue. If I left my job tomorrow, paid my dues, wracked up the 1500 hrs, would I actually land a solid job with great benefits? Right now, I am basically guaranteed one for life…
So - that’s my “is 40 too old” conundrum. Sufficiently complex, but I guess life wouldn’t have it any other way.
Woud love to hear from any of you 'practicing" ATP pilots out there…