Written by Mond Ortiz
We have all heard the saying "live everyday like it is your last day in the world." It is sometimes a hard truth to accept but this is indeed the reality of our mortal lives here in this world. We all have our own time and hour to return to the Kingdom of our Creator, which no one knows when except for God. Yesterday, our admin received a private message on our inbox.
A Saudia cabin crew service van figured in an accident in Riyadh. Initially, it was reported that two died but later on, Saudia Twitter account confirmed one. My first reaction was, "Saudia again? Why?" as I recalled that prior to this incident, two Saudia flight stewards were killed in a bombing incident in Sri Lanka while they were on a layover. Then I get news that a Saudia flight attendant died and scores of others were injured when their service van rammed the rear portion of a truck while on their way to their flight duties.
During those moments, I am pretty sure these flight attendants were preparing for their flight. Some were thinking of what to do in Paris, what to buy, where to go, and what to eat. It never dawned into them that their lives would be put in grave danger not in the sky where they were immensely trained for safety, but in the ground. There were five Filipinas in that van. One of them is my friend.
I was able to get in touch with her to first check on her condition. She is safe, away from danger, but in shock. She shared to me how everything transpired, that she fell asleep in the van then suddenly, wham! I couldn't help but put myself in the shoes of every flight attendant that moment as my friend shared her experience. The feeling was indeed heavy. Just imagine, you entered the shuttle to greet your colleagues, share a few laughs, short conversations, and fell asleep to prepare yourself for your duty. Then suddenly, it happens. You wake up, confused of what happened. Then you see your colleagues, those you were sharing laughs and conversations with, all bloodied, injured, and all in total shock. That was the scene my friend saw. Sadly, one of her colleagues lost her life. The rest were injured but now in stable condition so far.
Life is indeed fleeting, not only for our flight attendants, but for every living person in this world regardless of where you are. Flight attendants are trained to face danger boldly in order to save lives of passengers in the event of an emergency. They are ready to risk their lives in the face the danger to save passengers before their very own. Sometimes, things may happen not while in the air, but basically anywhere.
Today, I read a repost on Facebook. The author is unknown but I would like to share this which I read as a tribute to Khawla Zemzari, the Saudia flight attendant who lost her life in the recent shuttle van accident. It opened my eyes to always pray for tomorrow but to live life like its our last day. Greet everyone, forgive those who hurt you, try new crazy things, tell the person you love that you love him or her, love everyone, and let go of the excess baggage. For you cabin crew aspirants, do not be afraid to fight for your flight attendant dream. Always pray and turn to God. Here is the repost which I read today (original author still unknown):
The day of August was the day for my trip.. but where??
So always pray for tomorrow, pray for your safety and the safety of others, but live and fly as though it is your last. Smile, be happy, and love all. We all have our own time in this world. At the end of our time, we will not be remembered for the money we amassed, the six-pack abs we had, and the number of flights we flew. We will be remembered by how we touched other people's lives, our kindness, and our legacy. For those who flew with F/A Khawla, they described her as a beautiful soul and a kind one.
My prayers and deepest sympathies goes out to the Saudia cabin crew for the loss of their colleague and I also pray for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident.
I also pray for the safety of all our cabin crew and pilots.