This year will be different.
I've had a pilot's license for quite a while, though I haven't flown myself in over a decade, due first to money and time issues, then medical ones.
Ever since the new job, and the money that goes along with it, I've wanted to get back into the air. I'd been planning to deal with the medical first, then get back into it. I've now decided to reverse that. The FAA introduced a new class of license, the Sport Pilot, that doesn't require a special aviation medical certification: as long as you have a valid driver's license, and aren't disqualified by having had an FAA medical revoked, you're good to go. I can use my Private Pilot license under those rules.
So, this year, I'll go get some dual (time with a flight instructor), then go buy an airplane. I'd really like to build a kit plane, as you can get into one of those fairly inexpensively, but the truth is that I don't, and won't, be able to make the kind of time commitment one of those demands. Thus, I'll have to go buy one factory-built. The good part of that is that it'll be a lot easier to sell, should I succeed in getting a medical certification and be able to fly standard class aircraft again.
My goal is to be able to take trips without having to drive all day to get there. The sport pilot limitations will make that less possible than if I had full privileges and an instrument rating, but I'm going to take it one step at a time.