I come from a long lineage of Military Pilots and always wanted to continue it. After High School, I joined the AF and became a C-141 Loadmaster. After 4 years, I left to get a degree and go back as an officer and pilot. During my tenure in college, my eyesight slowly driveled away to a horrible –3.00 Diopters(Corrected to 20/20 with Contacts). At the time, the military was not granting waivers for laser surgery, so I was out and miserable. To be honest, I would have stayed a Loadmaster had I known I could not fly. Instead of playing it smart, I took my 3.94 community college GPA and got delusions of grandeur and got myself into Cornell University to study Psychology. Even with the GI bill, I found myself working long hours as a nighttime tractor trailer driver to pay for it all. I ended up graduating with a 1.96 GPA (Yes it hurts me too). After realizing Psychology was interesting but not satisfying enough to go to a doctorate level, I ended up in a career field that I started paying for my expensive school with. So here I am today, a 31-year-old logistics analyst with a wife, no kids, a $200K Mortgage, and a $70K a year job I like simply for the $70K a year. All I have ever dreamed of is becoming a pilot. I left that dream kicking and screaming like a little kid not getting his way when the military option fell through. My wife, being the wonderful supporting person she is, has said numerous times that I should go back and do what makes me happy, no matter the cost. So now I am considering it. I have about 60 hours in single engines (Mostly 152, but some Tomahawk, Mooney, and 172) from years ago, and about a dozen or so takeoffs and landings in a 141 simulator . I know I have a knack for flying. My initial thought is to head to the local FBO here in Temple, TX and finish my private training, and maybe instrument too. This way I could keep my job and my house, for the time being. From that point, I’ll need to nix the house I guess, and my Beemer tooL, suck up another large loan, and head to a big school like ATP to finish out. Questions arise though….. 1) Am I too old? Will it hurt my chances walking up to a major airline 8 years or so from now, pushing 40, asking for a job? Has anyone been down this path at my age that can give personal feedback? 2) Even though it was a tough college, and I am personally proud I even made it through competing against rich kids with nothing better to do, how hard is that GPA going to hurt? 3) My eyesight is not even close to 20/20 uncorrected (Correct it is). In the military, this was my showstopper. How bad is it in civvy street? 4) Is it feasible to work slowly over a long period of time, keeping my current job, at local flight schools? 5) Should I look into alternative flight employment outside of the airlines? IE Corporate, Cargo, etc…….. 6) Any other considerations I should take into account that I am missing? I realize this is long-winded, but wanted to paint an accurate picture for those that want to respond. Thanks so much in advance for taking the time to do so.