I don't wanna be judgmental or biased, but I'm trying to figure out why people leave their good paying respectable jobs to go fly airplanes for a living even though they pretty much knew from the very beginning that the industry is notorious for its dramatic ups and downs? Is this childhood dream so strong that people just have to do it no matter what or otherwise they would never be happy or what? And then there is this thing about having a back up degree "just in case" things go wrong. It's like a mercenary job, or like taking a survival gear on a hiking trip. Doesn't even sound like a real job...more like an adventure, a journey to the middle of the earth if you will. I have a great respect for those who survived all the ups and downs. To me, they look like they chose a profession, not just an adventure and they survived. Maybe they couldn't see themselves ever doing anything else? Maybe they just took a punch waiting for better times, or they were just plain lucky to be at the right place at the right time? Why people want to be pilots? Is being a pilot a profession or an adventure? Any thoughts?