Written by F/S Vincent San Juan
Four days ago, I celebrated my birthday and at the same time, God gave me another reason to celebrate, it was my graduation day. I thank Him for this opportunity and blessing he has given me. For someone who was raised in the simplest way of life in our quaint province, never did i imagine myself becoming a flight attendant one day.
I came from a typical Filipino family, wherein your future course must be benefiting all. At that time, my parents wanted me to pursue a medical-related course which I graduated and had the chance to enjoy of enjoying the whole experience. Afterwards, I had to secure a job and landed a career in the Hospitality Industry field, something very much unrelated to my college degree. This made me realize that this is where I belong and where I feel fulfilled.
A few years later, together with my friends' convincing, I was yet into another undertaking. This time, thousands of miles away from the Philippines. I can still vividly remember my first flight to Abu Dhabi, clueless to where it is specifically in the map, all I knew was that it is country in the Middle East. It was April 4, 2013 when I boarded the plane to Abu Dhabi and during the entire flight I was fascinated with the work of the cabin crew. It was right there and then when my dream of becoming a flight attendant began.
Honestly, fulfilling that dream was not easy but I never lost faith in God and in myself and that's what kept me going. I still have a "freeze frame" of the very first application letter I submitted to Etihad dated May 5, 2013 and the other rejection letters from other airline companies in the Middle East I received. I never gave up and I was eventually hired by Etihad as a ground staff. The work was not a "smooth trip" but all of the bumps were all worth it as after 6 years from when my dreams of becoming an FA started, I received an email - my golden ticket! Shocked and overjoyed, it was as if I already secured the position.
Since then, I prepared and studied for long hours , unleashed my inner Queen P and Catriona during the interview. I prayed to the Lord for guidance to help me get through the final stages of my recruitment . At long last, Etihad sent me a letter informing that I passed and now officialy a flight steward. Tears started rolling down my eyes not of sadness but of joy. Grateful to God for allowing this to happen in my life.
There were moments wherein I almost gave up and told myself to just accept that maybe , it wasn't for me. I strongly believe that God will give the desires of your heart at His right time. So I decided to fight my way and continued pursuing my dream.
For those of you who already want to let go of your goals and dreams, believe me when I say that you must NOT.
All the hardships paid off and the joy that it brought me is beyond measure. Again and again, I want to thank the Lord for this opportunity. To my family and relatives who have always been there to support and love me. My friends and colleagues-my heartfelt gratitude as well. To my ICT Batch 800 thank you for everything! I hope you join me in every step of my new journey.