Saturday, December 29, 2018

Bye bye aviation

I just wanted to let you all know that I will quit my job as a flight attendant. I’ve been working for almost two years for the airline and I just thought that it’s time to pack my bags and move on to a new direction.
At one point, my heart was not really into it anymore. I always knew that I didn’t want to work in aviation forever. I can still hear the pilots telling me, “No Thalita, you will stay. So many flight attendants say that they will leave, but they get stuck to the lifestyle.” Which is true! It is an addictive lifestyle. But no, dear pilots. This is the proof that I’m leaving. 😊

Don’t get me wrong. It is an amazing job but for me… it’s not forever. There came a moment that I was weighing the pros and cons of the job. Personally, there were more cons than pros for me. So I said to myself, “I can do two things: just get on with it or change the situation and search for another job.”

Nevertheless, the main issue for me was that I was missing routine in my life. I realized how much I miss having time for my hobbies and knowing which days of the week I will be off. I didn’t want to wake up at 2:00 AM to get ready for a flight. I didn’t want to get ready at 19:00 PM for a flight and force my body to stay awake during the flight. To make it short, I was just fed up with living out of a suitcase and always being on the go. But apart from that, I am very grateful that I was part of such a loving airline. I got the opportunity to meet so many great souls.

At the moment, I’m writing this in the Netherlands. It’s so cold and all I can think of is that I will really miss the travelling part of the job and meeting so many different cultures. I know it sounds like a cliché but I always wanted to go to the United States. I went so many times because of my job that I feel lucky and blessed.

 A photo I took at Los Angeles airport

One thing is for sure though, I will travel more in Europe. I always want to go as far as possible, because well isn’t that more exciting? It is but I would love to see more of Europe. And believe it or not, Europe has some damn beautiful places as well.

Another thing that I will miss, which will sound silly, is skipping the passenger lane and using the crew lane. It saves so much time to not wait in a long queue after an 11 or 14-hour flight. Of course, I will miss flying cheaper to destinations, but oh well, that’s life.

It’s hard for me to say which trip was the best because a lot of trips were spectacular. One thing that I do regret is that I didn’t do enough sightseeing on some of my trips. I thought that I’ll just come back and do it next time or sometimes I was so tired that I didn’t do anything at all on a layover. My point is, whatever you want to do, do it now!!
You’re probably wondering what I’m going to do now. I will just have a regular job in the Netherlands, which I can't wait to start with! New year, new me and new job! :D

So for now, it’s a wrap. But I can’t say with 100% that I will never go back to aviation again. I will see whatever the future holds for me :D
A picture of me on one of my last flights 

At this point, I know I am ready for my new dreams and ambitions. What about you guys? Are you ready for a career change? Or are you just happy with your current job?

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank all the beautiful souls that I’ve met and worked with in the sky and did great things with on layovers. I wish you all the best and safe travels. To my colleagues that became (close) friends, don’t forget me. I am always up for a cheeky trip to destination wherever…



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