I finished a book a few weeks ago where the protagonist wakes up one day and has no idea who he is. He sits up on his bedroom floor and doesn't have a single memory of himself. His name is gone. He doesn't know where he is. He can quote lines from a movie that was supposedly his favorite but is unable to say when the last time he watched it was.
It takes him some time, but eventually, he creates a whole new person for himself. New favorite movies. New favorite TV shows. New favorite books. A new job.
It's a phenomenon that is hard to explain - hard to wrap your head around, but somehow, I envied him for it. As I read this book I looked around at my own life and thought about how different it could be. What if I finished college? What if I never left Indiana? What if these people were still my friends and what if I never ended that relationship?
If I had the chance to recreate myself from scratch, would I still be the same person that I am today?
Birthdays are so strange. I have never cared too much about my own, something about all the attention makes me feel uncomfortable. But this year was different. I don't know why it feels like there is such a big difference between 23 and 24, but I do know that a year ago today I was a completely different person than I am now.
One of my favorite YouTubers, Grace Helbig, created a video about the 32 things she learned in her 32nd year of life...so I decided to do the same thing because I mean really what a cool idea. I'll try to keep this list short and sweet but with 24 things it might be long. Not sorry.
A few days ago I was working a long flight from Denver, Colorado to somewhere in Florida. This specific trip I was assigned to work on the bar cart in economy. It was a long day. I was tired, and a little irritable, and not exactly feeling my spry self.
When a lady asked for a Coke Zero, I reached for the drawer of the bar cart to grab it. They're always in the back of the drawer, but the drawer was stuck. I knelt down on the ground and yanked and the drawer, but it wouldn't budge. I yanked harder and the whole drawer came flying out forcing me forward and hitting my head on the tray of the bar cart.
"UGH, I yelled. "I hate this Job."
When people find out that you are a flight attendant, you get a lot of different responses. Some positive. Some negative. I think it's really funny when people find out and they just "HAVE to tell you about the HORRIBLE experience" they had a few weeks ago on a flight. It's nice when they tell you a good experience.
People also have a lot of questions about the career. About our schedule. About our everyday lives. What we do on our off days. All kinds of questions. This is just a round up of some of my favorite. Not my favorite because they are smart more because they are bizarre.
This is a quick post of some of those questions, and how I like to respond to them. Hope you enjoy :)
There are a few things that you leave flight attendant training unprepared for. Six weeks of training packed with everything from applying bandaids to evacuating aircrafts to delivering a baby. There were very few surprises when I first started on the line.
One thing that I was unprepared for, was the how often I would be serving passengers that were traveling because of an undesirable situation, and how willing they would be to confide in me as a crew member. Passengers traveling home for funerals. Traveling to say goodbye to a loved one. To be with a family member in a time of need. They come to you, you make them as comfortable as possible, and you make yourself available to them as much they need.
I have never minded this. I enjoy helping people through times of need. I enjoy helping people in general. That's part of why I love my job so much. I get to help people.
Though, this past week, I found myself on the other side of this situation. I was the one traveling home to say goodbye to a loved one.
A little over a year ago I made the bold (and crazy) decision to drop out of school, quit my job and move across the country to start my life as a cabin crew member. With my suit freshly pressed and my shiny wings pinned to my heart, I was ready to take on the world. ....read more.
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