Meandering around the countryside with my cousin gave us time to talk. We're very different in a lot of ways; he is a very confident man, for example. But we have a lot in common as well. We got to talking about his job as a flight attendant and I couldn't get enough. He's done this for 20 years, and always made it sound like a job I'd want, but not one I can have. I'm not a very attractive man or good with people, right?
For starters, they do hire based on grooming and presentation, but not based on physical beauty. Surprisingly, I'm only on the borderline of high for the weight they accept, but I meet all of their other physical requirements, and I was planning to lose some weight already. I even have a pretty white smile thanks to my trip to Thailand.
As for the customer service portion, haven't I been doing that for years? I wasn't hired for tech support based on my winning personality, but I think I'm pretty friendly on the phone and it certainly is a factor. Before that I was a leasing agent for years, and did great at sales by the end. I keep thinking of myself as the socially awkward person I was when I was 20, but I've grown a lot since then.
I don't have any local financial or family commitments. I was tentatively planning on moving anyways. I also don't experience jet lag or ear pressure issues. I have a lot of patience. And in addition to serving, they do make sure the safety rules are followed. I can definitely be a stickler for detail.
The more I talked to him, the more I realized I can do this. By the time we said our goodbyes I had a clear picture in my head. It's a different path than I saw for myself just a couple of weeks ago, but I think I like what I see.