I am so happy and excited to be back blogging after a rather extended hiatus. I am also fully investing this time as I’ve worked hard with the amazing pipdig (well Phil worked hard mostly!), migrated to WordPress and purchased a proper domain name, making my blog ready for action! I also have a week of mid-week days off and pretty chilled trips meaning lots of time to get stuck into photo editing and writing some superb blog posts to post to my new, shiny blog!
So without further ado, my first post back will be the inevitable catch up and mini life lesson discussion. Following your passion. If you follow me on social media, particularly Instagram, you’ll know that I recently gained a job as a flight attendant, following the footsteps of – you guessed it – my amazing mother!
Now I’ll first start by saying that, although this role was always in my mind as an option, it was always my last resort. Even after I’d returned from travelling – though I’d grown a lot – I was still influenced by others opinions of me and if I’m honest, I saw only the surface of such a job role, i.e. pay and societal stereotype. As ‘fate’ would have it, my complete lust for travel and lack of passion/enthusiasm for most of the graduate jobs I was applying to (because I thought I should be applying to fancy, vaguely-described graduate jobs) meant I didn’t get any of them. And after 3 months of the most mundane admin office job alongside night after night of job applications, I finally bit the bullet and applied. Then finally after months of interviews and background checks, I started my training with THE BEST training group there is and after 5 weeks of hard work we all made it through and each found our place in the sky.
And I cannot tell you how glad I am that I didn’t take any of the other jobs I was looking into. Even though it was a hard few months of feeling low and without purpose, as soon as I started, I fell completely in love with it. Now maybe not so in love that I’ll do it for the rest of my life – it’s definitely a job that needs to fit with the person and their circumstances – but for me right now, it couldn’t be more perfect! And I think back and if I’d taken that office admin job I was so tempted to take when I needed money and was really at the end of my tether, then I wouldn’t have visited over 5 different countries in the past two months, walked the Great Wall of China, partied in LA for 4th of July or learned what I’ve learned in just 2 months about people and culture, all with the excitement of going to work in the morning!
I plan on doing a whole separate post on my brief stint at unemployment and life after university so the main point of this post was to emphasise how much better it is doing something you’re passionate about and that you enjoy rather than what you think you ‘should’ do. And it turns out that I’ve already learned and gained so much from this job that I wouldn’t be able to in any other job role and my perception of the role has completely changed.
Again I reckon I’ll do another post on my first thoughts to flying but in short, the people are amazing and some of the friendliest and courageous ones I’ve ever met, I’ve learned more on customer service in 2 months than years of other customer facing roles, it’s not a job for the faint-hearted (in more ways than one) and it’s teaching me more about my body than ever, and finally it’s pretty awesome waking up on different sides of the world each week wondering what the next morning will bring!