I'm sitting here in my hotel room about 800 miles away from home. I wonder what my cats are doing while I'm away. Are they roaming around the house looking for me? Honestly chances are they are napping somewhere and couldn't care less. I'll probably come home to hair all over my pillow because that's where they seem to end up when I'm away.
Is my garden getting enough water? Are the bugs eating the plants? Oh, not too much longer before I can go check. How many peppers will I need to pick this week?
You might ask "Amanda don't you just love your job? You get to travel all over?" I just began my ninth year being a flight attendant. Let me tell you a few things I learned in the last few years.
- NOTHING, I mean nothing replaces home. Home truly is where the heart is. No city big or small can replace how I feel when I'm home.
- Big changes can make you feel lost. It was hard moving out of the small city I grew up in when I first got this job, but it was one of the best things I've ever done. It really forced me to rely more on myself and essentially grow up.
- You learn a ton in your early-mid twenties. I know you might think you know it all when you're 18 or even 21, but wow you have no idea what's in store for you.
- Most people are Assholes. Simply said, pardon the er, French. Everybody is all for them selves these days and I want to avoid those people. Unfortunately it's difficult, unless I'm home.
- Wear comfortable shoes!
I hope to one day hang up my wings. To say farewell to the agonizing work days and scarfing down food while standing, while brewing coffee and pouring a diet coke ( which takes 10 minutes because altitude causes it to fizzle more) yes we can multi-task like it's nobodies business!
One day we'll have a little homestead. One that will heal the our mind body and soul, a healing homestead. I'll eventually get some chickens, maybe bees and I'll wonder why I didn't do it sooner.
It's a great thing when you figure out what it is that you want to do with your life. I believe we should all aspire to do what makes us happy. One day, one day I will be rid of this life on the road.