By: Kristine Conly Cabigting-Calvero
Call me confident or ambitious. I wanted to become a flight attendant “since birth”. My mantra since child was “ I believe that I can be a flight attendant because I am beautiful, and the uniform would perfectly fit on me. " Yes, I woke up to that every morning.
One day, things quite had to go a different direction. I got pregnant, falling in love at a very young age. I felt that my dream of flying has suddenly shattered. I thought that having a child would no longer allow me to pursue my dream to be a flight attendant. I was even demotivated to finish my college because of that situation.
Things sank into my senses I realized that God must have sent many angels to me. My family loved me no matter what. Some friends may have judged me but some still supported me. I realized that no matter what people thinks or says about me, I should be the woman that I want to be. All the more I had push myself to fly higher because of the gift of life inside me. I thought, "the baby is not taking away my future, she will give me a better one.“
I had to boldly face life and move on. Thank God, I finished my college degree and last 2016, I decided to pursue my childhood dream by enrolling at WCC Flight Attendant School. The course was only for two months but it was indeed a fruitful journey. It brought back my motivation and enhanced my personality. I had a glimpse of the FA world. Wearing their FA uniform while undergoing a hands-on FA training made me feel like I was already an actual cabin crew.
My faith and determination paid-off, I was able to achieve the Class Valedictorian award. I knew then, that I was truly ready to fulfill my goals.
After my graduation, I applied at PAL Express. I became a cabin crew. However right after my first few months of flying, another challenge came to me. It was a slight medical problem but I had to take a break. At the same time, I went back to WCC FA School not as a trainee anymore, but to help facilitate FA aspirants.
After sometime, I chased my first love again… my childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant. I eventually got my wings back, this time, with Cebu Pacific. I knew deep in my heart that flying is part of my existence. It will never perish.
When my daughter grows up, I want her to remember that I never gave her up. I prioritized her while living my dreams.
I hope that this story finds inspiration to young ones to count every event in their lives as a blessing. Follow your heart but be responsible. Have faith in yourself that you can succeed no matter what others may say.
In partnership with WCC Flight Attendant School