Hanging up my wings…

Never did I see the day coming that I would hang up my wings and stop doing what I am so passionate about…and yet here I am sitting at my new home watching airplanes from my window cruising high above me in the sky while reminiscing about all the wonderful times I had while being up there…

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The decision to stop flying caught me by surprise, as my previous company shut down their business and so it happened that one day, about 2 months ago, I received a letter, which marked the end of my career. Being left without a job and any prior notice can be quite a shock to be honest, but at the same time it may also be a great opportunity, which provides a new outlook on life. You might think I am crazy, but it was actually more of a relief for me rather than a shock. Don’t get me wrong, as I really loved my job and enjoyed working as a Flight Attendant creating memories and making new experiences all around the world. But at some point in your life you will also feel the need to change something. After 7 years of flying I guess I must have reached that point eventually…

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What most people don’t realize is that -as exciting as it sounds- the job can be also pretty challenging and very exhausting. Working on a private jet was a wonderful experience that I do not want to miss, but it also made me aware of my personal and physical limits. Turning 30 this years probably changed some of my perspectives in life and made me more aware of what is really important in life. Having said that, I am not scared of aging at all, as I unfortunately know to many people around me who never had the chance to get to where I am now. Always remember, life is short, so make the best of it-no matter what age you are at.

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It is great to travel the world and meet new people everyday, but you know what is even greater? Experiencing real relationships with people you actually care about and spending time with your family. Some of the greatest moments in my life were always accompanied with the desire to share them. Life is meant to be shared and we as humans need relationships and social interactions in order to be happy and live a fulfilled life. This job will definitely open your views and get you a much better understanding of the world as well as to allow you to make a lot of connections. But in the end you will also have a lot of moments that can make you feel incredibly lonely, as you will spend most of the time on your own and start realizing that you have no deep connections with anyone. And as you are frequently missing out on birthdays, holidays and other important occasions you see your past relationships and many of your old friendships slowly fading away until they are completely out of sight. Now I unfortunately cannot bring back those moments that I missed out on, but I believe the people who truly care about me will understand and always be in my life no matter what. People change and sometimes relationships just drift apart, that is just part of life. I always thought I will do this for the rest of my life and I probably could; but at the same time I also never thought of getting married or having a family on my own…so in the end you gotta ask yourself the question of what is more important in your life and then make a decision for your own happiness.

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Will I ever fly again? Who knows. Fact is that aviation will always be my biggest passion in life and I am forever grateful for all the amazing times I have had while working as a Flight Attendant. I might not end up working in the skies again, but I will definitely continue to do what I love and travel the world…with one little difference: I can finally share it with somebody ❤

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