It’s November, a month where we typically take time to reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives. Americans especially do this because of the Thanksgiving Holiday. I can’t remember the last time I was actually at a Thanksgiving, but I do remember the last time being thankful changed my experience. 

Today, I want for us (including and me) to remember to be thankful that we are flight attendants and cabin crew. Only 4 percent of applicants ever get a job as a flight attendant. For those hoping to enter this world, don’t let that number intimidate you, but instead allow it to inspire you. Believe that you are smart, capable, responsible, and exactly what that airline is looking for in a cabin crew member. You can have what you want in life. And for those of us in the world of cabin crew already, I want you to think about that number and your inclusion into a worldwide group of stews as an honor and privilege. When you think like that, the bad days won’t feel as bad and the good days will be epic. Being thankful doesn’t make things perfect EVER, but gratefulness often makes life manageable and more enjoyable.

meghan delta flight attendant

I’m writing this to remind myself, because I’m not always thankful. Recently, my own flight attendant world has felt like the biggest chore— an ordeal and not an honor. I’ve found myself focusing on all the things that challenge me in this life; jet lag, relationships, fitness, commuting, missing, and ignoring the aspects that make my heart soar. Looking out the airplane window and witnessing Greenland’s rugged expanse, or witnessing a sunrise over the Atlantic from 38,000 Ft always fills me with awe and wonder. And gratitude.

Greenland Airline Flightdeck Dreamliner 787

I’m so grateful that I have had seven years in this field. I am so grateful that I have met the people that I have met. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to be one in that 4 percent. 

Stop today and think about how you have been changed and influenced by your own global existence. Think upon the experiences that you have been privileged to have. This focus will help as we enter Holiday flying schedules. Known fact— scheduling will make you crazy. Let the little things go this time and be thankful. 


About the Author

Hello, I’m K. J. Watts, but my friends call me Kara. I fell into the sky and have worked as International cabin crew, on private jets as a corporate flight attendant, and earned an FAA Private Pilot Certificate. Over a decade ago, I started this blog, which developed into a love for writing and a debut memoir based on Flight Attendant Life. A California native, I now live in Sydney, Australia, where I enjoy spending time with my husband, writing, and surfing.

  1. A heartfelt thanks to Kara and the contributors to this blog. I’m considering a career change as a flight attendant, and so I have found the information and life experiences shared here very helpful. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and hope the scheduling elves give you fabulous layovers.

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