My First Month as a Flight Attendant

Becoming a flight attendant has completely changed my life. Not that I am surprised by this, but the lifestyle change has been demanding and I’m still getting used to it. Most days my alarm goes off at 3:50 am. I spend the majority of my nights in a hotel, my diet is super weird – I eat a lot of airplane food.. restaurant food.. and packed food thats 5 days old, I drink a lot of Starbucks, and I have to force myself to stay up after 8:00 pm if I have plans with my friends (which now sadly doesn’t happen often). Sleeping in different hotels all the time used to seem like a luxury but has now has turned into weird-smelling lumpy pillows, loud drunk neighbours, uncooperative thermostats and bright lights everywhere. It’s an adjustment and there are many sleepless nights because of it! Maybe I’m biased right now because I have had two crappy sleeps in a row… (pray for my tonight).

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I’ve learnt a lot during my first month as a flight attendant – including things I didn’t expect to learn. For instance, I had no idea that I would ever get frustrated when people talked during the safety demonstration and I definitely didn’t think I would understand why some flight attendants get so impatient and crabby with people. But, boy, I understand now. Most guests are awesome… but I have flown some pretty big weirdos and miserable and rude and uncooperative people. This job seriously tests your character – especially when you’re dealing with someone after waking up at 3:30 am … for the 20th time that month. Despite cranky weirdos and rude assholes (lets just be honest) and waking up way too early, I love this job. I love the feeling I get waking around in the airport in uniform. I love having friendly strangers smile at me as I pass by or strike up a conversation. I love how every day at work is different and that each day I get to work with so many people. I love that each day I have the opportunity of impacting so many peoples day in a positive way.

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I really do appreciate every single day at this job and what it has allowed me to do. This job makes me so excited for the future. Every month I have a different schedule which means every month I could be going to new places or have time off to explore destinations on my own with my travel benefits! It has been a rollercoaster of a first month. It’s been frustrating and wonderful all in the same flight. Regardless of its ups and downs (literally), a job that has your face smiling so much that it hurts before it’s 6:00 am is a pretty damn good job.

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xx, S

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