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.