Thank God for my flight attendant friends. They’re why this job is bearable sometimes.

For those who are reading this and thinking: “If you aren’t passionate about it, you should find a new job.” I’m going to stop you right there. Thank you for your opinion but walk a few miles in my heels— up and down those aisles— and I promise you’ll change your tune.

Commercial aviation is challenging for numerous reasons. Our job may seem easy from the passenger or outsider perspective, but shrinking workspaces and shrinking respect for those with the “flight attendant” title, in the wake of the Dr. Dao incident, are cause for frustration. In addition to this, many of us are overworked and fatigued.

But wait, that doesn’t sound glamorous?! I know! You’re probably questioning these words because of social media. Social media is wonderful and terrible at the same time. It’s great because it gets information to a multitude of people instantly, but it can also paint unrealistic pictures. Social media captures a moment in time that does not truly encompass an entire situation. I have personally never been one to sugar coat my journey as a flight attendant, and sometimes, that does not render me the most popular, but alas, it’s just who I am. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies.

I share a lot of my job views in image form on my Instagram page (You can follow me @flywithmeghan). I was captioning a recent post in which I saw three very different flight attendant friends over the course of five days. I had been feeling down before seeing them, but after spending quality time with these ladies, I felt refreshed and ready to fly again. When attempting to recount our time together in a short instagram caption, I realized that I could not possibly capture the feelings in a few words.. which lead me to writing this.

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All of the above, and so much more, is why I find myself thanking the heavens for those flight attendant friends that I have made along the way. The number one reason most find themselves in our industry is due to the desire to travel. It’s still arguably the biggest reason most stay after they realize the job is not as glamorous as advertised and the travel perks are actually hard to utilize.

Besides travel, a big reason we continue to fly— whether we realize it or not— is the community.

Now, this a broad statement, and it may or may not resonate with you. This is clearly and purely an opinion piece on a popular blog written by one person. However, I think a lot of flight attendants might be surprised when they stop and think about how much of their life has been positively impacted by flight attendant friends.

This community. It is so amazing. Flight attendants are such a diverse group that are bonded together by their love of travel and shared experiences. We come from all over the world and all walks of life. We all have extraordinary backgrounds, ethnicities, education levels and stories.

The flight attendant life is a unique lifestyle. Therefore, it attracts interesting individuals. The camaraderie is instantaneous, and it is unlike any other because our job is unlike any other. What is even more interesting is that the camaraderie is not limited to only those that work for our specific airline. No matter what airline, private or corporate, it’s just there. The community knows no bounds.

I don’t know how I would do this job without all of the outstanding men and women that I have encountered along the way. I am especially thankful for those flight attendants who have become my true friends outside of work, too. I mean, heck, three of my bridesmaids for my upcoming nuptials are flight attendants! One of which is the person who owns and operates this fabulous blog, Kara.

If you dare choose to pursue this crazy lifestyle, it won’t be easy but it will be rewarding. You will have the world at your fingertips and you will have the opportunity to see and experience cities all over the world. However, it won’t always be fun and when it’s not, you’ll be thankful as hell to have your flight attendant friends to lean on.

 

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