I’m here in our JFK flight attendant lounge preparing for a trip to Shannon, Ireland. My airline has a system where you can request a “move up” which is basically when you have a regular domestic trip, and you ask to trade it for an international trip if they end up needing staffing. Everytime I have a domestic trip assignment, I look up 20 of my dream trips, and submit them as a list of my move up requests. I’ve never gotten one before today.
This morning I was commuting to JFK from LAX for a trip going to Las Vegas for one night, and then Detroit. When I landed, I had a handful of voicemails from scheduling telling me I got my request for Shannon, Ireland, and to call back as soon as possible. I couldn’t believe it! Sure, many of my flight attendant friends have done the trip, and eventually I may have gotten it, but I couldn’t help but feel lucky and overjoyed, almost like I won something.
Ireland is a place I’ve dreamt of going my entire life, and now all of the sudden, with no expectations, I’m going there.
Before I left my previous job I felt like travel was something out of my grasp. Something I could only dream about. “Wanderlust” was just a trendy term on Instagram and not something that I would ever explore, unless/until I found a way to make a ridiculous amount of money that would allow me to do it. While my adult life has been the happiest, most freeing time of my life, I still had a slight feeling of hopelessness for not being able to do what I truly wanted. I didn’t want to wait to be middle aged or retired to explore the world, I wanted to start young and never ever stop!
It took me a while to realize that the mentality I used to adhere to was precisely why things weren’t happening for me! I knew that the feeling of “not having” was only attracting more “not having” and I knew I needed to change myself. I began thinking, if other people my age can drop everything and travel, there is a way for me to do it too.
I remembered things that I’d read in “The Secret” back in college and I began focusing on self-help materials that advised me to maintain a positive mentality, to imagine myself doing exactly what I wanted to be doing, and to practice daily affirmations. On my daily commute to my 9-5 office job, I would repeatedly tell myself, in the same exact sentences that I was on the right path, creating my opportunity, and that the opportunity to travel was already mine.
Although I still had no idea how I was going to make my dream happen, I began feeling really good about it! Driving to work wasn’t a drag, because I knew that The Universe was helping me create something new for myself. Also, I made a point to practice gratitude for all of the wonderful things that I already had. I think that being grateful may be one of the most important components to being happy and maintaining a positive mind.
I could go on and on about the rest of the process that got me into the position I’m in now as a flight attendant, but that would require a novel. The reason for this post today is to remind myself and others that you do create your own reality. I am not rich, I am not an overwhelming success story, and there’s many other people doing what I am doing now. What’s important is that I felt stuck, and hopeless, and after changing my mind and creating a new reality, I’m living my dream of seeing the world!
Six months ago I had never left the United States, and had never even been to the East Coast, and today I’ve been to 35 states, up and down both coasts, and I’m getting ready to visit my 7th country!
There is always a way to do what you want with your time here as a human. Please don’t let extravagant travel blogs and dream vacation photos make you feel hopeless, let them inspire you! Good vibes are the very best way to get what you want out of life.