No, I don't "love" flying anymore. I never thought growing up and dreaming about flying for the airlines that I'd ever say that but times have changed and so have I.
If you haven't "been there, done that" and are just starting out then you just wouldn't understand and it would be pointless to try and explain it. While it still beats flying a desk in some isolated cubicle somewhere, I can't say that I look forward to it everyday, nor do I think about it on my days off except when I get close to recurrent training.
What I won't miss about flying in no particular order:
-Early 3AM departures and 15+ hr days or sleeping during the day.
-Sleeping in hotels, especially during the day.
-Dealing with crew scheduling and contingency.
-Reschedules, commercial deadheading, delays and mechanicals.
-Union/management infighting and power trips
-Stress of recurrent training and checkrides
-6 month physicals
-Being away from home and missing important family functions.
-Scaring myself or my f/o after a particularly rough night of flying.
What I will miss:
-The people I've worked with and friendships I've made along the way...priceless!
-The satisfaction and challenge of "kissing the concrete" with 400,000lbs of aluminum after a low ILS approach/non-precision approach and/or windy day/night.
-Speaking with young people who have a genuine interest in aviation and becoming pilots.
-The money (let's not forget that!)
-Trying to be perfect at something you can never really be perfect at but still try each time only to find out you've run out of time at age 60.
-That brown uniform...kidding!