By: Mond Ortiz
We never ever thought that a pandemic with such magnitude may happen in our lifetime. So great that a lot lost their lives, their livelihoods, and their dreams shattered. For the airline industry, the effect is devastating and honestly, it was heartbreaking for us to see some of you, our flight attendants, surrender your wings.
Just last year, we were posting your photos inside the cabin, happy, and proud. We were attending your graduations, witnessing that moment when you finally did believe that dreams can come true. We heard your speeches as you shared how much you endured to earn your wings as you shed tears of joys. I saw many of our followers move from being an aspiring flight attendant to a full fledge flight attendant.
I heard your stories, with one of you sharing how you would enter the lavatory, recreating the actions of a flight attendant because you wanted to become one badly and a few months later, you earned your wings.
These past few days had been hard for all of us, much of you facing uncertainty while some did actually face the "retrenchment ax". Your farewell messages were heartbreaking. One of you brought us down to tears when last year, we posted your photo as a newly winged cabin crew and just recently, we posted a second photo of you with your farewell message.
It is but normal to feel bad but we have to push on.
Let me tell you something. There is always light amidst the darkness. As many of you still face uncertainty while some did actually lose their wings, let me tell you that I have so much faith in you guys that you will rise again.
You will not be defeated. It is okay for you to stop for awhile but in you lies the power to fly again.
Why am I saying this? Simple! You are FLIGHT ATTENDANTS! You are WINGED WARRIORS! You are STRONG. We will overcome this together.
Remember those days when you fought for your dream to be a flight attendant? Those rejections when you were applying to be a cabin crew were not an easy thing to deal with. Yet, you pushed forward, you stood up again after every rejection until you made it in. Some of you even faced 20 rejections! That itself has made you strong other than developing your attitude and character.
Remember those sleepless nights when you had to pass the grueling training to be a cabin crew? Finishing a 1,000+ manual in around 70 days with exams everyday where your passing mark was 90%, jumping into a 10ft deep pool and having to stay afloat for 15 minutes, facing the intense Emergency Procedure drills where some of you were made to crawl in a dark cabin. Remember when you were on your second lifeline already and you were hanging on as the third would mean end of training? You survived all those! You had that winning attitude in you where you believed that there is no other way but to mass. You went through everything to earn those wings.
Remember when you actually faced intentions situations on board? Some of you faced real emergency situations like an aircraft veering off the runway. Some had to attend to passengers during a medical emergency where their lives were on your hands. Despite all those emergencies, you were able to ensure the safe arrival of our passengers and yourselves.
Remember those times when you had to be away from family and loved ones during the holiday season, special occassions like reunions, and other important occasions which you missed because you had to fly somewhere?
You made it all through these because you were molded to be brave, strong, dedicated, and resilient, and that's why you were handpicked among the thousands of others who want to be flight attendants.
This pandemic, this situation, will not last, but tough people will. You, flight attendants, will. You may have lost your wings for now but just like in a basketball game, there is always "next season" to win it back.
When you feel down and lost, just remember all these, remember that you went even through tougher times in order to earn your wings and become a flight attendant. From then on, you will remember that your are strong and brave, and that you will rise out of this situation again.
The aviation industry will make a come back, that is for sure. Hold on to that goal, do not be discouraged. Do not give-up.
As for now, there is a lot of hope. I created the #asensocabincrew posts because we want to prove to you that pushing forward is never impossible. "Diskarte hindi arte" ika nga. Do not mind what others may say. In this world, we were born to serve God and not to live our lives impressing others.
Many entrepreneur cabin crew told us that being a flight attendant has helped them in putting up their business and most of them are lucrative!
As you face uncertainty or may have actually lost your flight attendant jobs, know that this is not the end of the road. This is temporary. You will and you will return back to the sky. Believe in yourself. You did it before, and I am sure you can do it again.
Do not forget, you are a flight attendant. You are brave, you are tough, you are intelligent, and you are selfless. What others say will not define who you are, but what will is how you rise back every time you fall. Nothing will stop you from getting your wings back.
I am with you and my commitment to support you all especially during these tough moments shall remain unscathed.
Flying with you again soon!