Written and Contributed by F/A Leira Arroyo
I want to travel the world (who doesnt want that?) Coming from a poor family, it seemed impossible to happen. When i was in high school, I didn't even have an idea of what a cabin crew does. I havent experienced flying until i reached 22 but nevertheless, I started applying since I graduated in college. I got rejected for so many times, from local to international airlines, and when I turned 24 I started to doubt myself.
Discouraged, I stopped for 2 years and then back to trying on 2016. I told myself that if I couldn't make it until Ii turn 27 then thats the time I will truly stop and just accept the fact that this industry isn't meant for me.
I knew there was something wrong with me. Am I too confident? Am I too shy? I felt useless. I was not an achiever. I didn't know where my life was heading. I don't even think of having my own family because all I wanted was just to pursue my dreams but I didn't know where to start.. I felt unlucky in everything. No lovelife, not happy with my career that time. I felt I was just a poor girl with a face but no substance. I would see my friends pursue their dreams and stay in the same industry long which happens to be the line where I dont see myself progress. I see them growing, but me? Still overthinking of the unthinkable future while suffering from midlife crisis..
I used to be afraid of so many things, I was afraid of heights, afraid of growing old, leaving my own country thousand miles away from my family, or to be trapped in the same place, but little by little, I did my best to improve myself. I thought my dreams would be forever far from my reach. The only thing i wasn't afraid of is to try something new. I then decided to leave my family and try to find my luck in Dubai working as an usher/ticket taker. Yet, I was still not happy, I plus the people around me tried to drag me down, belittle me ,bully me, and call me NAMES. I was put under scrutiny, I may seem strong but the reality is, I almost gave up. I remember the feeling of being on the ground, that I have nothing to hold on to. There was a time that I just want to go back to the Philippines and thought that it's better to suffer from what life may offer me there than to stay in Dubai and suffer because of the people around me.
I found my courage back then.
I should be strong for my family.
It's true that when people belittle you, God will lift you up. It's also true what they say, "time plays tricks on you. One day you're dreaming, the next, your dream has become your reality."
One day, the opportunity of becoming a Saudia flight attendant knocked and I spared no time to go for this. I applied, and went through the grueling process, and I made it! I now earned my wings!
So to those who are struggling in life i just want you to know that you should not stop dreaming and chase it. Make your dreams a reality. You are never too old to start over.
"So i tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe, that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24
Thank you God for showering me with determination and perseverance , Thank you to my family and all who remained to believe in me. I am finally a Saudia flight attendant, soon flying the world with you. I am turning 29, that was 8 years in the making, and i can say I'm proud to say that dreams do come true!