I was a student pilot during college. Being in 10 kt winds gusting to 20kts was a VERY good learning experience. If you couldn't handle being tossed around in a small plane at 3000 ft, non the less LANDING the plane during those conditions, then dont fly general aviation. For me, I got a thrill out of it. Learning to fly small planes might have been the best experience for me. I'm not sure I've had a better feeling than my first solo, what a great sense of accomplishment.
The only reason why I'm not flying anymore is because I don't really have too many places to go to in a plane
. I finished college and went right to work. Finding time to get to the airport of weekends was hard for me as I was constantly places by car. I log a lot of beach days during the summer, and a lot of skiing days in the winter. My family shares a ski house for the winter, now I'm looking to secure a small boat for the summer. I work full time, so it's tough for me to venture out for more than a weekend at a time.
That's what got me thinking of sailing. The challenge and the learning experience is thrilling to think about. Thinking about how it can be so calm and relaxing, and then intense and exhilarating, reminds me of when I used to fly.
Plus the fact that I would like a place to crash on the weekends near the beach...
I think I'm interested for the right reasons.