“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”– Pele
It was on the 22nd of November 2018 that I headed down to London from ‘Up North’ to begin the initial 5 weeks training with BA. It still feels like it was only a couple of months ago but the last few days I have been back in London to do the yearly recurrent training and exams. I’ve never been the greatest with exams and was fortunate the BA(Hons) in Community and Social Care: Policy & Practice and Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care I studied for was course work and assignments as I’m more of a ‘stare at a blank screen for weeks until the lightbulb moment arrives’ studier. However, when I know exams are involved, my method is to just shut myself away from everything beforehand. No social media, no TV, no music, I just sit with no distractions and revise, revise, revise until the subject has no choice but to be imprinted on my brain. There is still a pre-conception at times that cabin crew are ‘just there to serve food and drinks’. Only recently did someone I’d just met say to me the old cliche of ‘It’s just like being a waitress in the sky really isn’t it?’ I’ve worked in care for over 10 years, worked 60 sometimes 70 hours a week, I’ve done 2 degrees whilst working full time yet becoming Cabin Crew has been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever achieved. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever decided to do but it was also an eye opener for me to. Behind the glamorous destinations and pictures that make it look so easy, there are 1000s upon 1000s of people with a vast range of skills working so hard behind the scenes to ensure safety and professionalism is paramount at all times. The nice pictures and destinations are just a nice little cherry on the top after everyone’s hard work.
So the shutting myself off from the world to ‘revise, revise, revise’ works for me and all training and exams passed again, ready for another year of flying, exploring more of the world and having so much each day to be grateful for 🙏🏻🌎