As most of you guys know, I basically live in the clouds. I am "everywhere and nowhere".. I am a Flight Attendant.
Most people find my job to be interesting... and it is .. theres never a dull moment, except when you're working a redeye flight and all the passengers are asleep and you're fighting everything in you to not fall asleep... at that moment everything is dull and very SLOW PACED lol.
As i've mentioned previously, one of my favorite things in life is to travel, to live, to experience. I have never been a person that is comfortable with routine so when I started doing this i found it to be a perfect match for me. It's safe to say that I absolutely love my job, granted I've only been doing this for four short months....
The quote "do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life" it finally says something to me. Sure somedays I really really don't feel like getting up but then I remember that I'm going to a new city and suddenly my motivation to work comes crawling back.
For those curios eyes I'll write a little about my experience just so it can make more sense. NOTE: this is based ONLY on MY opinion. You may know Sally* who is also a FA and this is not how she describes it... or you may be Sally* and do not feel this way about the job and think i'm crazy.
I'll start off with the basics, it's definitely more of lifestyle than it is a job. It takes time to adapt, mentally and physically your body is confused and overwhelmed. It didn't take much for me to adapt but the first month was definitely tough. I usually never get sick but i caught a terrible cold on one of my trips, luckily, it was the last day before my off day so I was able to fly home. I literally got in the car and cried on my moms shoulder because my ears hurt terribly and i was soooo tired. I felt like a big baby... but she worked her magic and the next day I was brand new.
It's not your typical Mon-friday 9-5 job. It's more of a ... "leaving on Tuesday so see ya again on Thursday"type of job. Theirs a variety of "trips":
*Turns -leave the morning of and come right back the same day
*Illegals -a late night flight with a short rest at a hotel and come back in the morning
*4day trips .... and well you get the point.
You also have what they call ADAYs. Those are your on call days where you basically have to be ready and available to go anywhere and nowhere, you get 6 of those per month which isn't too bad.. back in the days FAs were practically on call all the time.
Theirs somewhat of a structure because you get your full schedule a month in advance so it makes it easy to plan your life accordingly.
One of my favorite things about this job is the people. You meet soooooo many different people and I'm not just talking passengers I'm talking co-workers. Every new trip you go on means working with a different group of individuals. I have yet to work with the same person twice ...
Younger me would have completely hated this aspect of the job because i absolutely hated socializing, now it's in my blood. So far I've met some incredible individuals and I learn so much from every single one of them. It makes me sad to not see them again after becoming best friends on the jumpseat but once we hit that last day of the trip and we are headed out the plane one of the common phrases is "IT WAS GREAT FLYING WITH YA...." and then its like they evaporate into thin air LOL.
I love the fact that this job has given me the opportunity to branch out and experience a different world. Prior to being a FA i always thought that international travel was the ONLY way of life, because lets face it ... who wants to go to Montana?! ... WRONG! I've had the opportunity to go to different small towns and I absolutely adore them! The people, the food, the coffee places, the bars... i call them the hidden treasures of the U.S. lol.
One of the downsides is missing out on A LOT of family events, that for me is the toughest thing... but like everything in life it can't all be perfect and I accept that. Which is why when I do get the opportunity to come home I take family/friend time VERY seriously. That's another thing that I've learned ... time is precious and you don't get enough of it and you also can't get it back so spend it wisely.
The blue skies have become my home for now and I am loving every second of it... even on those long 13 hour work days. Being a FA is definitely not as glamorous as it appears to be but the experiences make it worth it!
Thanks for continuously supporting my rambling I like to call "blogging".