>> Before you proceed, it might be helpful to read my Mini Guide for the Flight Attendant's Profession.
The nature of the job.
The unusual Timetables
My first take-offs back in 2006, when I actually realised the abnormal side of my job!
You’ll get to see places and images most people do not have the chance to, throughout their lives. On the other side, you’ll face countless moments of loneliness. Even if you’re a part of a crew flying to Paris, having the chance to explore the City of Lights with three or four other of your colleagues, you won't ever feel the same as if you had your friends or family with you. Υou’ll settle for this lifestyle though, you’ll adopt new habits and people to your life and you’ll even find yourself at times forgetting how Christmas with family feels or wishing to your best friend for her birthday.
Even when you're back home, you won't be getting any calls for gather-ups or parties and you’ll be left wondering why you're sitting alone at home since you’re back. Truth is, your friends and loved-ones will adjust to your current lifestyle and just assume you’re somewhere up in the air and probably won't make it. Sure, they'll be a few that will cut you out of their lives simply because your being in New York on Saturday or London on Wednesday won't be a match to their Wednesday at the office or Saturday at home.
Your aviation life won't make it easy for new people trying to get into your life and in your free time you just won't find many others available to share. That's my reality too for several years now. You’ll even get to a point where you’ll be desperately wanting new people in your life but nobody's schedule will be matching yours. Let time work its magic and you’ll definitely find those worth sharing your life of travels with.
Accept the fact that not everyone will accept you and your lifestyle – that affecting your personal life too. Relationships are hard these days and your way of living will make them even harder.
The opportunity to start getting to know yourself, start making wiser choices, making your dreams come true – just for your own sake. It is a job full of difficulties and sacrifices to be made. But just like that it offers huge amounts of happiness too. Start seeing it for what it really is, not as a dream job. Take every chance on the way and move past every difficulty – this way you’ll be nothing but a winner.
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