Before I start my weekly blog I just wanted to apologize again for the late posting. I finally felt a bit better to finish it this evening.
I hope you all had a great weekend and your week is off to a great start! I can’t believe that this year is almost over! This is the time of the year that I like to try and stay home as much as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I like the holidays, I’m just not that thrilled about being around the traffic and crowds. People get crazy (laughing)!
As far as last week goes, it was pretty busy and somewhat productive. Last Tuesday I had a three day trip with overnights in Ft Lauderdale and Phoenix. It was a great paying trip and the crew was great, however, my overnights were short and the report times were way too early for this P.M. girl. I did get to meet some amazing passengers, one being a 28 year old girl who is paralyzed from the stomach down. Her name is Moriah and she was with her family heading to Ft Lauderdale to go on a cruise. I sparked up a conversation with her because I notice that she was sitting on something odd looking. It was some kind of seat device that circulates her muscles while sitting. We continued to talk throughout the flight during my down time, what can I say, she reeled me in by her situation. She had told me how she became paralyzed, filled me in about who was with her on this trip and what their travel plans were for the week. I have to be candid with you, as I was sitting on the jump-seat I would periodically stare at her. I was thinking to myself, here is this beautiful girl with such an innocence about her. I was admiring her because of her great attitude regarding her situation. Then in that moment I realized why I couldn’t get rid of this trip (I tried to get rid of it because of my back problem)… I believe the Universe wanted me to meet her. I’m a realist and know that with my medical history that I could be in her situation one day so I was inquisitive about her situation and how she adapted to that big life change. At the end of that trip, I felt that if I were to ever end up in her situation, I would want to have her great attitude about it. This beautiful young lady not only inspired me, but furthermore captured my heart when she asked to take a picture with me. And if that wasn’t enough, she wanted to know if I would be on her flight when she was traveling back home. She totally captivated me! It’s times like these moments that make me appreciate the little things in life and all the people I meet. This is when I have those reflection moments of having no doubt in my mind that I am doing the job that I was meant to do. I know some may say I inspire them, but some people have no clue on how much they inspire me or how they teach me something new all the time!
On my second day of this trip and while going through the Ft Lauderdale airport I did get a nice surprise. I ran into my co-worker who I use to go have ‘girl time’ with when she lived in Vegas. She had moved back to Florida a few months ago and I hadn’t seen her till I ran into her at the Ft Lauderdale airport. It was so great seeing her and it made my day! Not to mention that I had received a few kicktails from passengers while on that trip. And if this trip couldn’t get any better, I was checking my work e-mail and got a kick tail with a very sweet message from one of our Ops Agents. This trip may have had some down falls and I may not having been feeling 100% myself, but I think that there were a lot of “special” moments that were given to me on this trip. Before I did get done with this trip, it was inevitable that I would end it by another surprise. I was traveling through San Francisco and had a small amount of time to get off the aircraft and grab a coffee. As I was walking off the jet bridge I was so happy and excited to see one of my favorite Ops Agents, T! I think we freaked people out that were sitting at the gate because we both screamed when we saw each other (laughing). I love the fact that I have a job where I can meet so many amazing people and time can pass but as soon as I see them again it’s so heart-warming that it leaves me with a big smile on my face! Thank you Universe for positioning me in the right spot. Thank you Southwest for giving me the opportunity. And thank you to me for never giving up on my dream! Insert BIG smile here.. I’m so grateful!!!
Now before I end this blog, I forgot to mention that the day before I left on my trip I had a doctor appointment with my Neurologist. I had a minor back procedure 7 months ago where they burned the nerve root and now my symptoms were coming back. My doctor said that I would have to get another procedure done next month. But since I couldn’t get rid of this trip, I decided to just suck it up… and now I’m glad I did! I have curtailed the rest of my trips this month so I don’t over do it but to be honest, I’m bored!
My week did end up on a better note, my boyfriend and I had went out on Saturday to see a concert. He had bought the tickets months ago to see Andrea Bocelli at the MGM Grand Arena. The day before the concert I thought that there may be a chance of me not being able to attend because my back was really bothering me. But I made sure to relax and luckily had a Vicodin to relieve some of my pain. I ended up going to the concert in some slight pain but I mentally just pushed through it and I’m glad I did because it was such a great concert. If I were to pause for a moment, there were a lot of things that I shouldn’t have done this week due to my back pain. But now as I look back at the week, knowing my limitations but still pushing through… I did have some very special moments this week.
P.S. Sorry if this blog is inconsistent or is all over the board but I had to take a Vicodin just to mentally get motivated to write. Such is life but at least I finished the blog! Till next week… keep pushing through whatever your going through!
Hugz & Kisses,