I’ve been toying with what topic I’d like to start with for my first blog, and I figured I’d dedicate it to American Airlines because well, I love my job.
Flying has been in my genes since I was little. I mean when you have two parents who work for the airlines, you learn a lot about the industry. Being a flight attendant or a pilot isn’t a normal 9-to-5. Airline workers work 365 days a year. We work on weekends and we work on holidays. But it’s just a little bit of a sacrifice to be able to see the world on our terms.
Before I started this job, I had been to more foreign countries than US states (thanks to my mom and dad). It’s an exhilarating feeling when you realize you’re enjoying a croissant in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France or enjoying a picnic at Sakura Matsuri in Tokyo, Japan. But it’s not all about the food, traveling gives you a glimpse into a countries culture.
My favorite country was New Delhi, India. And not just because I had a ride on my favorite animal, the elephant. Visiting India made me appreciate the luxuries I have in life. My mother and I visited the slums there and brought used tennis balls to the school children. When we ripped the bag open and handed them out, they jumped for joy that they had gotten toys to play with. Such a drab comparison to the toys that children get in the US. I learned about children who are forced to beg all day and sometimes cannot come home or are beaten by their fathers if they do not come home with money. However, there are schools, orphanages, and wonderful people that work to provide a better life for these children. Through free education and donations of clothing, these children can learn in safe environments. These organizations survive on donations alone and my mother and I continue to donate every month. If you would like to make a donation, please feel free to contact me and I can give you more information. Every donation goes to buying things like pencils, paper, snacks, blankets, etc for the children.
Becoming a flight attendant is more than just pouring drinks for customers or collecting refuse. This job gives us the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. To get glimpse of what life is like for them and in turn, gives us a better perspective of life outside our own. For me, it has really brought to life the saying, “be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”