When I announced that I had become a flight attendant, many people friends and family included were surprised to say the least. Honestly so was I because this was the last thing I thought I’d do. From the moment I tell people that I’m a flight attendant the first thing they say is “I’ve always wanted to do that”. Unlike most people I’ve spoken to, being a flight attendant wasn’t my dream job.
Many years ago a now ex-boyfriend thought I’d make a great flight attendant. Although his reasoning was more superficial and aesthetic than anything else. In his eyes I looked the part. But I digress. At that time I wasn’t the slightest bit interested and until a year ago I still wasn’t.
2017 was a difficult year as I had several family members pass away tragically and suddenly. To make matters worse I wasn’t in the greatest financial position so when they passed I couldn’t even afford to attend their out of town funerals. I felt awful. However the one good thing to come out of it was I finally stopped procrastinating and enrolled back in school to complete my degree. God had been pressing that on my heart for a year prior. Losing loved ones makes you realize just how short life truly is. As cliché as it sounds we have to live each moment like our last because tomorrow is not promised.
Last year I felt this urge in my spirit to travel so I started looking on Indeed for jobs that involved traveling. Of course Flight Attendant positions popped up but I overlooked them and applied for traveling Event Coordinator and Event Management positions because again being a flight attendant wasn’t my ideal career move. When those didn’t work out I went back online again and saw the same position with the company I now work for. This time I really sat down and thought about it. Is this really for me Lord? Could I really do this? Do I even want to? I waited another 3 months before finally deciding to fix my resume and submit my application.
My application process was seamless and quick glory be to God. Training was one of the hardest things I have ever done. However God had shown me so many signs and opened many doors along the way so much that I knew He was behind me. I can share my hiring process in another blog post for those interested. After applying I quickly learned how competitive this industry is and how people have been applying for years with no success. The Lord really blessed me with this opportunity because it wasn’t something I had ever thought about but it happened and He gave me such peace throughout the entire process.
Even though I never saw myself as a flight attendant I always loved to travel. From the first time I got on a plane by myself as a teenager the idea of going to the airport heading off to a new adventure was just exciting to me. Unfortunately due to various reasons I hadn’t always been able to go on many travel adventures. Still, I’ve always loved exploring new cities, places, and things. I tend to get bored very easily and I like to try new things. I feel that this world is too big for us not to experience all it has to offer. I think sometimes we as people get so caught up in our own little world that we forget that there’s an even bigger world out there that God created.
Now I get to see the world from a different point of view. I can fly anywhere in the world for FREE! My family can also fly for FREE. I can be there for my family without having to worry about the cost to get there. I’m still in awe that I have that privilege.
Some of my favorite experiences of being a flight attendant are sitting in the flight deck during a night flight watching the stars shine brightly in the sky and look so close as if you can touch them. Or an early morning flight and watching the sun rise as it leaves a beautiful pink strip across the sky. Beautiful moments that make small everyday problems seem so minute. I’m constantly meeting new people. Everyone travels for different reasons. I’ve comforted a grieving widow and given encouragement for a young med student on his way to school. I feel so blessed to be able to experience these moments.
My life is definitely not the same and it was an adjustment in many ways (which I’ll share in future blog posts). Working in the airline industry is not the 9-5 corporate job it’s a lifestyle where everyday is different and there is no boss watching you. Now I wish I’d become a flight attendant sooner. This was an unexpected blessing and I can surely say this is where God wants me to be.