I always had a traditional outlook on life; graduate high school, go to college, graduate college, get a job, get married, buy a house, and have kids. I did everything the way I was supposed to. I graduated from Vermilion High School, went to BGSU, graduated with a 4 year degree in Exercise Science, had a great job at the best gym in downtown Cleveland, had an amazing fiancé, was planning our wedding, in process of purchasing our first home, and talking about having kids in the next few years. I was en route to the American Dream! I had completed the motions and the desires that was my idea of the “traditional” way. Everything in my life was lined up how I perfectly pictured it in my head, but yet I was still not satisfied. I couldn’t help but wonder if this normal was to be feeling this way or if I was just different?
I could feel myself changing as a person. Suddenly my outlook on life changed, my goals changed, my dreams changed and I changed. My head was full of what seemed to be different dreams than what I had 10 years ago. My mind would wander on work days and weekends. I was yearning for personal growth. In order for me to achieve my need for personal growth, I needed a change. The reality of my situation was that there was no way for me to accomplish my dreams by staying in my comfort zone and not straying from my vision of the “traditional” path.
It took me a few months to figure out that following a traditional path might be right for some, maybe even most, but it most certainly was not right for me, not right now in my life. Little by little, my life changed. Because of these feelings, I self-destructed my relationship, which left me single and 30 years old living at home. My fitness career started collapsing and it became not as enjoyable anymore. It was not as self-fulfilling as it was 5, 10 years ago. I was at a dead end and was searching for something, anything that would fill my emptiness.
After the emotional distress subsided, I decided to use the series of events in my life as an opportunity. I suddenly found myself with a second chance. A second chance to do ANYTHING in the world I wanted to do. I had the world at my finger tips and I wanted to make the most out of it. It was the first time in months I felt motivated, invigorated, and happy.
Before I knew it I was on a plane to Flight Attendant training in Houston for 6 weeks. I quit my job, I packed my bags, and said goodbye to friends and family. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that moment on the plane to Houston, was the beginning of a new chapter in my life as a Flight Attendant. Fast forward 5 months to the present, I have met some of the most amazing people through my new career and have been all over the world in just 5 months, domestically and internationally.
Through my career change, I have expanded myself as a woman and human being in various ways. I’ll be sharing my struggles and victories, in hopes to inspire you. In return, I hope to gain leadership skills, overcome some of my own fears, enhance my communication skills, and to learn a few new things about myself along the way.
I am thankful for the growth this career has given me thus far and I look forward to using my experiences to encourage readers just like you to make a change, step out of your comfort zone, and to take risks to follow your dreams…Welcome Aboard!
Ann Ruby is a certified fitness trainer and a flight attendant for United Airlines. You can find her blog here, on Project Heard each week.