I don't think you have anything to worry about. I'm twenty-five myself and had a similar experience when I was around twenty-one. It wasn't that I lost interest in aviation in the least, I still enjoy going to the local airports and watching planes, I still enjoy a.net, frequent trips, etc., but it's not as exciting and magical as it was when I was younger.
Perhaps it's because the older you get the more you learn about aviation and some of the mystery dissapears? I don't think this just applies to aviation though, but to all sorts of things. I know for me personally things that might have utterly facinated me as a child, became easier to comprehend and understand as I got older and this took some of the excitment out of certain things. It's sort of like how things that may seem utterly giant, or awesome to a child may seem to get smaller the older they get and the more they grow.
As far as loosing interest in flying itself.... I've always loved flying and to this day still do. But I can distinctly remember when the experience of flying on an airliner started to become less exciting and more routine for me. It was 1994, and s a child I had taken dozens of trips to visit family located around the country. Most often aboard Delta 727s. I remember I couldn't sleep for days before a trip and everything about it from checking in at the ticket counter to the landing itself was just an awe-inspiring, magical, and facinating experience in my mind, with many vivid memories still ingrained in my head for life. For example, although it's been twenty years, I'll never forget the smell that would greet you when you stepped through the jetway onboard a Delta 727. Kind of a combination between a new car, and stale coffee.
However, one year in 1994 after close to a year of no trips, I boarded a USair 737 in PWM
bound for MEM
. This was my first time flying on USair, and previously anytime I was flying on a new airline it just made the experience 10x more exciting. However, in the days leading to this trip I noticed I wasn't thinking about it every hour, or loosing sleep. When they day came I remember taking off and landing in MEM
several hours later and for some reason I couldn't explain there just hadn't been the same feelings or excitment that I had always felt when going on trips previously. I liked the ride and all, but it just wasn't the same and I think I actually fell asleep on that plane for the first time in my life aboard a plane.
This was twelve years ago, and like I said, I still enjoy a nice flight, but it's just not the same as when I was younger. I hate to say it, but it became routine for me. Then around twenty-one, a similar experience happened with my and planes in general. Perhaps, becoming ineligible for a 1st class med, and a sudden end of my plans to finish flight school contributed, but I don't think it was the soul reason because the interst is still there. Just these days I have the ability to take a break from things for a few days at a time instead of being obsessed with aviation. That's just my experience!
On a side not, perhaps you've been finding yourself loosing interest in the forums with a lot of us. Every week there seems to be more and more junk topics that start off something like "What's that funny sound I heard on the A320 I flew to MCO last week" It seems like in the past I actually could come to these forums and advance my knowledge or at least read some really interesting topics posted. These days sometime I think they should launch Airliners.Junior.net with a logo of a baseball hat with one of the propellers on the top. Perhaps, it's just the shear number of members that have joined over the years though, and there's just a higher volume of people that are facinated with aviation , but don't have a clue about it. I'll probably still be dropping by airliners.net for the foreseable future!
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