The Reasons Why I Stay

I have discovered that there comes a point in every crew’s life (or a few points, if you are as sensitive and emotional as me) where we just want to abandon all services, dump dirty trays on people’s heads and throw ourselves to the (very unsanitary) aircraft ground and cry. These were my unfortunate feelings towards a less that desirable flight that I received on a 3am home standby during this past month of reserve. With no sleep beforehand, a full load and some very vocal personalities on board, it was always going to be a tough one. This, combined with my newly acquired, yet-to-be-diagnosed barotrauma (ear stress) made for a very emotional flight, after which I was certain it was time to permanently plant the brakes on this cart that has become my career, and hang up my esteemed red hat for good. Then, something amazing happened. A nice European couple saved my sanity, by complementing me on my patience and good nature even though they thought, and I quote “this flight was hard”. I was so happy I could’ve kissed them. Both. Repeatedly. They were so nice and respectful that it more than made up for a plane load full of people who were not. It was a game changer. Sometimes all you need is a little positive reinforcement 😉

Afterwards, I went to the clinic and received a multitude of pills and potions to heal my ears. My amazing, talented, caring, LIFESAVING friends cooked me a delicious roast dinner and we spent the night talking about nothing at all. I have been off sick now for almost a week, and it has been a very slow and emotional experience…I had felt useless as I had no flights, no roster and no ability to make any plans for the upcoming month, including going home for my Uni graduation. Things were looking down, and after an embarrassing amount of wallowing, today I felt better. I went sun baking, created an amazing strawberry cake, visited my friend’s new apartment and then went to the new Thai restaurant on my street. It was a good day. I have airport standby the day after tomorrow, and I am putting it out there to the universe…I’m going to get something GOOD! 😀

This job is all about perspective, positive thoughts and a great support network. Being sick and feeling sorry for myself, I was my own worst enemy, but now I am feeling better and things are looking up. Our September roster should be released tomorrow and I am looking forward to it, hopefully some new destinations for me! Fingers crossed (say your prayers to the rostering Gods!)

Congratulations, if you managed to read this far you have made it to the end of this post! Apologies for the bout of reality, but it’s not all layovers and laughs. Sometimes there is vomit, tears and rudeness, but I have chosen to do this job, and I am giving it my best.  For all of you aspiring crew out there; for however glamorous this role may seem, it is ten times more challenging. But it is WORTH IT! This blog is my own personal form of therapy 😉 As an impartial blogger it is only fair that you see BOTH sides of the story.

The reasons I stay: Sunrises like this

The reasons I stay: Sunrises like this

 

Views like this

Views like this

 

Experiencing the wonders of the world, like this

Experiencing the wonders of the world, like this

Friendship like this

Friendship like this

Support like this

Support like this

 

Friendship like this

Friendship like this

Love like this

Someone to come home to like this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “The Reasons Why I Stay

  1. A well balanced piece outlining reality, persistence and determination to continue…well done Sweetness!
    Very proud.
    xo

  2. Taylor,
    read your blog and understand your comments.
    You are an intelligent beautiful young lady who is fulfilling her dreams and taking on the world.
    There are always days when you feel down and everything seems to be going the wrong direction
    no matter what industry you pursue.
    Family will always support and love you, James a pillar of strength, friends around to put a smile on your dial
    We are very envious and admire watching/reading your blog as you travel the world
    Enjoy it and don’t let anyone get to you
    Best wishes and love from Manny Soola Matthew and Claire
    xoxoxoxo

  3. Hi Taylor
    I’m Flavia, an Italian girl dreaming to become a crew for your company… I found your blog some days ago and read it all in one night… I don’t know you but from what you wrote I feel that you’re a very sweet and sensitive person. People like you often get the shorter stick when it comes to empathy… and I can relate because I have that kind of empathy too. But please, don’t let this ruin your smile! There’s always nice people around 🙂 and about the little reality check of this entry, it was just right. It’s always useful to know the other side of the coin.
    I hope I’ll meet you in Dubai some day 🙂

    • Hi Flavia! Whoa, I can’t believe you read it all in one night! I don’t think anyone has done that yet 😉 Thank you for the positive comments, you’re right, it’s important not to let others get to you, stick up for yourself and be empathetic at the same time! Glad we are on the same page, good luck with your journey!

  4. Aw Taylor!! I’m glad you’re feeling better. I can only imagine how hard it would be and you’ve done so well! And it’s so true, sometimes life is all about perspective. And also some people are just ASSHOLES who have huge issues within their own lives. Just remember that genuinely happy people aren’t rude and inconsiderate towards others. Being rude to someone says a lot about who they are and absolutely NOTHING about you! Stay strong Tay and have a glass of wine and some cheese 🙂

    • Thank you Katie! I like your way of thinking haha, so very true 🙂 Trust me as soon as this reserve month is over I am going to eat/drink a whole barrel 😛 thanks for your support! xx

  5. Taylor, just remember all the people who have the same commute, the same office, the same people, the same headaches, etc. 5ive days a week. Fortunately, our “headaches” can walk off the aircraft by themselves.

    As you travel through life
    what ever be your goal,
    keep your eye upon the doughnut
    and not upon the hole.

    Tim

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