This is just my own thoughts. Please don't hate on me; my mental health can't take it right now.
Growing up, I always wanted to be an airline pilot. I remember flying on 747s to Asia, and I was so enamored by them. I have always loved planes. I spend a lot of time on the MSFT flight simulator. I have also spent much of my free time trying to fly, but its hard being in IB. I love flying so much. My parents didn't want me to be a pilot because it's "impractical." I guess 2020 is a bad year to want to be a pilot, but before COVID, there was a shortage. My parents were both lawyers, so they made 500k+ per year while I was growing up. I guess I also just got addicted to the lifestyle and was too scared about losing it so I chose to go into IB vs being a pilot.
At the end of the day, this was my choice. I could have forgone my parents financial support and have went to flight school, but I choose money and became an iBanker. I was just promoted to VP, and I honestly think I can one day I will make MD, but i just feel sad and empty when I go on road shows. The clients fly us on private, but I always prefer flying commercial because of how much I love aviation. Flying is an experience to me.
I'm somewhat religious, so I understand that no matter how wealthy I am, it won't matter in 100 years to me. I could be in Heaven/Hell, or I could just be blank, dependent on your beliefs, so I just want to say, if you're a high school or early college student reading this, please please please just follow what you love.
One of my MDs actually has a pilots license, so he's really supportive of me flying, but this is just pure luck. I could have just as easily been under an MD who doesn't give a shit.
I fantisize about a world where I could be an airline pilot and not care about money.
Sorry for typos; It's a rare 3 day weekend for me, and I'm drunk af.