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And just like that, I am back home in the beautifully congested Los Angeles that I was born to love, at my personal haven that I love to call home! …But this time with something new and shiny, something I am proud to say I worked harder than most anything I have worked at in my life; my WINGS!
There are few moments in my life that I can compare to the feeling of getting my wings pinned on me; the real “sweet relief” finally came when I had taken my final test coming from my very first flight from Boston with my amazing classmate and ATS who officially passed me. We had such an amazing time and all I can say is that I am so thankful for this experience I have had. Through all the craziness I am reminded that nothing that it worth anything does not require some sort of sacrifice and a ton hard work.
Clearly I have not had much time to write as I only had four days off after my final test and graduation to move back home. It has already been an amazing sort of madness. In digesting these last few weeks the first thing that comes to my mind is remembering that hard work pays off and realizing just how capable I am of accomplishing anything when I want something bad enough and am willing to put in the fight for it. But that’s not enough, you have to keep wanting it, everyday when you go to work you have to remember why you love what you do. I guarantee even only a week in, that not everyday is going to be easy…especially on reserve! This industry requires much flexibility, one that most people won’t understand, but it is all about mindset. One of our amazing “mentors” we met through training reminded us of this when she said, “you can have the craziest flight where almost everything seems to go wrong, yet somehow you still made it the most positive experience and it becomes one of the best flights you’ve had.” That stuck with me, at the end of the day it all comes back to perspective and attitude. Two people can have the same exact experiences throughout a day, yet to one person it may be the absolute worst day, and to the other it could be one of the best!
I am so thankful for my family and friends who have all supported me through prayers and encouragement. I really believe that a strong support system is so essential in anything you pursue and I am so blessed to have such an amazing one!
So here we are, six weeks later and ready to fly!
Let the shenanigans begin!