“Do they have to pay the airfare, too?” the little girl asked her mom.
The mom chuckled and said softly, “No, dear. They are flight attendants. They work here.”
“When I grow-up, I want to be a flight attendant so that I could ride airplanes for free, too.”
How My Flight Attendant Dream Became My Destiny
I am that little girl on a short plane ride in my country. Years have passed and I’ve almost forgotten all about that dream.
At 6 years old, I wanted to be a veterinarian, adopt all stray cats and dogs in the world and put up an animal shelter.
During grade 4, our teacher asked us to draw what we want to be someday. I draw a nun. Yes, no kidding!
By the time I entered high school and started collecting issues of Candy magazines, I decided that I want to be a make-up artist.
At 14 years old, I joined a beauty pageant for the first time and bagged the crown.
Waving my hand at the crowd with a crown on my head, a bouquet and scepter in hand, I zeroed in on the thought that someday, I will join represent my country in the Miss Universe pageant.
It was not until I am about to graduate from high school that the dream of becoming a flight attendant began glowing in my heart again.
I fervently prayed to God and asked for His guidance and wisdom.
I have realized by then that more than anything else, becoming a flight attendant is what I really want. (Do you want to be a flight attendant? Please read How To Apply For Cabin Crew Jobs: A Step By Step Guide.)
College was like a whirl when finally, I was walking on stage ready to receive my diploma and is about to enter the yuppies world. Giddy to fulfill my childhood dream, I applied for the best airline in the country shortly after graduation.
To my dismay, I didn’t make the cut. And to make matters worse, the HR personnel told me that I, who stands at 5”4 and weighs 114 pounds was on the heavy side.
By their standards, I was considered overweight!
That application crushed me and left a very deep wound. My dream was shattered, my self-esteem was dragged to the ground. I was in rock bottom. I cried hard and never ate for days. I stopped praying and got frustrated each day.
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I tried another airline and got rejected again. I tried all the domestic airlines and ended up being turned down.
It was draining, painful, frustrating and devastating. The journey tested my faith and perseverance.
There were times that I cry on my knees, wounded and hurt from another rejection that I began to question God if this is really the destiny that He has set out for me.
I began to wonder if maybe the childhood dream was just all a big, fat joke. Maybe I don’t really have the qualities of becoming a flight attendant after all.
Maybe God is punishing me for all my sins.
A lot of maybes clouded my mind that I came to a point that it was difficult to remain trusting and faithful.
Through the help and encouragement of friends, loved ones and God Himself, I was able to rise up and bounce back from a rejection–wiser and bolder this time.
I studied what went wrong and improved on myself.
When I was that little girl on a plane years ago, I have not fully grasped the reason behind my desire.
The reason which was just to ride the planes for free may be vague at first glance but little did I know that God was planting seeds in my heart then–seeds of my dream.
Dreams that will bless and serve the world.
It was after 5 years, 13 airlines and 33 rejections that finally, I landed my dream job.
It wasn’t easy. Who said achieving a dream would be so easy anyway?
God is faithful.
He never gave up on me when I almost gave up on myself.
Good thing that I remembered so well that when life knocks me down on my knees, I am in a perfect position to pray.
I have also realized that if God granted me my dream job which I prayed and waited patiently for, He, too, would give the other desires of my heart in His own beautiful time.
If there’s a dream that glows in your heart that keeps on coming back, honor it.
Never give up. Persevere. Work hard.
Thomas Edison had 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
Colonel Sanders of KFC was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted his recipe.
Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series wrote 15 letters to literary agencies for her first novel. Five agencies didn’t reply and nine rejected her.
Indeed, good things come to those who wait.
Live out your dream. It is your destiny.
This story was submitted by Iola Celeste who is currently a proud cabin crew for a major airline in the Middle East.
[Source: Iola’s Blog]