Original author unknown; Photos from Gary Sato
I am unaware of the major changes happening around the world cause for me the only change that matters is the one happening in my airline .
I wake-up groom myself, get ready, get in my uniform and GET OUT of myself at the same time .
I make sure my footsteps dont bother my family who sleeps while i get ready to face the world .
The gentle kiss on the forehead of my sleeping child is all the love i get and need to go on . I know my child will wonder where did i disappear in the middle of the night .
I waive goodbye to my loved ones if I can and move towards the airport.
I get off my transport and see hundreds of emotions at the departure hal .
Pushing my way through these emotions somewhere in my mind i know I have wrapped up my emotions in some corner of my heart.
I meet a new team daily and I have to build a strong relationship in a few minutes so that we can really be a team.
I move towards the security the customs and immigrations knowing that there are hundred eyes looking at me curiously.
I board my aircraft which will be my home for the next long hours.
I greet you with a smile as you board hiding the stress the pain and the worry. My smile has to look genuine all the time.
I find my family in you as you board the plane. A kind greeting from you makes me glad. Many of my greetings go unnoticed but i assume subconciously you did wish me back.
I make you comfortable in that confined space . I relax the tension that you are in . As i know somewhere you are also loaded with many of yours like mine .
The look on your face your behaviour all speaks to me . Even though you dont say it but trust me i know what you need.
You get scared as the plane takesoff, I dont as the thousands of takeoffs have made that fear a childs play for me.
While you close your eyes to get a nap I have to be all the more alert with eyes wide open .
I serve you the meal you asked for at the time you wish ensuring there is no delay.
The call bells none unanswered.
While you recline your seats and go in deep sleep I pray that all should go well .
I take numerous rounds in the aircraft cabin to see whether there is any one in need of anything.
My team is my family up in the sky . We do everything possible to make eachother comfortable.
When you are sleepless and need someone to talk to i am always there no matter how busy I may be.
When you wakeup your breakfast is heated well. The coffee and tea brewed to perfection. The juices chilled and etc . All these things have a lot of my effort .
While my goal is to make you feel everything is perfect I am worried that nothing should go wrong .
We land at destination and you leave the plane. The emptiness and the silence resembles the state of my mind.
While you reach your home or work to win the world. Its time for me to get the rest I deserve.
While you wine and dine I wonder what should I get myself to eat .
I would love to indulge in luxury but i have to be cautious as I need to save for my family back home.
But I do manage to buy myself a few hours of happiness and a full stomach no matter what the situation.
While I rest for my flight the next day I still know the hour and not the day . As it is a crime for me to be late .
When we fly back home and land late night. We are glad we are home again. My worries and tensions come flying back to me alongwith my happiness .
With your loved ones coming to receive you I silently exit the airport unnoticed.
I reach home to see my family asleep . I tip toe back to have a quick shower and to my bed. Cause I need to recover from the work stress and wakeup early next morning to absorb all the love I missed.
After a few hours i need to check my flight for the next day at a different hour to a different place through the same emotions all over again.
What you read was just 24 hours of the 1000s i am rostered for.
Without me flying would never be as comfortable as it seems to be.
I am your flight attendant .
I am here to be