“Ain't it funny how life changes? You wake up, ain't nothing the same.
You can't stop it, just hop on the train and you never know what's gonna happen.”
This song has been stuck in my head for the past some month. ISN’T IT CRAZY HOW LIFE CHANGES? Exactly four months ago I was certain that I am gonna spend the beginning of the year in Hawaii. I never doubted getting my visa renewal to stay in the states for just a little longer. Well, exactly that happened. Most of you guys already know that my visa got denied. I was in shock, I was sad, I was disappointed. Not being permitted to enter my second home, properly saying my goodbyes to my dear friends and not being able to have closure with this part of my life was hard! It took a few days to get over the fact that I now need to figure out what to do with my year and organize everything concerning Hawaii.
I am writing this post as an end of my time abroad working with a non-profit. But also as a new beginning. The four months that I have been back in Switzerland were filled with precious time hanging out with my nephew and niece, quality time with family & friends and figuring out my life. Easier said than done. A bunch of different thoughts have crossed my mind. From starting to study social work, to participating in a sail course in greece or to become a flight attendant. One of these things is what I am doing now. Which one could it be?
6 years ago I dreamed about it.
3 years ago I tried, but failed.
This year I tried again and succeeded.
After hours of preparation, an intense casting, medical check and applying I can now proudly say that I am cabin crew member for swiss! Well, in training :-). The next few weeks I will be spending in class learning about safety, firefighting, service, medical stuff etc. Then I will be doing short haul flights for a month until I will be trained on long haul flights. Everything is super exciting, new and also tiring. The job required me to move closer to the airport. That has also been a big adjustment. I now live 5 minutes away from the airport which is perfect, I have two awesome roomies and I am generally super happy how it all worked out. Today I had my first flight! My crew and I had a return flight to Milan. It was an incredible experience spent with super kind people, overlooking the alps in the cockpit. Being on the other side as a crew member for the first time was very interesting. I helped with welcoming the passengers, distributing our typical Swiss "schöggeli" and I even started an engine :D I can’t wait to actually start working!
Thanks to everyone that is reading this for being there and listening! I don’t know what’s gonna happen with my blog yet, if I will keep writing (maybe little insights on my job?!) or if it will be put on hold. I really enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts so I might do that once I settled a bit more into my new life.
I wanna leave you with this: We don‘t always understand the timing of things. If I would have been accepted for the job 3 years ago, I would have never gone to Hawaii. I would have missed a crucial part of my life. We don‘t always see the big picture if something doesn‘t work out, but God does. With that, don‘t give up on your desires and dreams just because they don‘t work out the first time. There might be something better coming your way or the timing might be better at another point in your life.