It’s the last day of August and I’m spending some time reflecting on the past month and my continued experience during the pandemic. I wrote a blog about my pandemic experience so far at the beginning of August. I share my experience in an effort to support, encourage and inspire. Check it out HERE.
August started out with a call I didn’t expect. I work in the airline industry and was already taking time off from my loved position as a Customer Service Agent. I had volunteered to take a longer period of time off, mainly in an effort to help preserve jobs. I considered the ups and downs I had experienced so far during the pandemic and reviewed all my options, believing that if I got the call I would say yes, and then find a part-time job to make it work financially. Following my intuition has always worked well for me. That’s not to say I didn’t have some (a lot at times!) stress and anxiety over-thinking my options, but continued to bring my mind back to following my intuition and accepted the additional time off.
Over the past few weeks, and especially the past few days as I’ve scrolled down my Facebook feed and checked work emails, I’ve seen numerous pictures, videos and messages of grateful good-byes from those retiring and optimistic see-you-laters from those taking an extended period of time off. The number of heartfelt messages has been somewhat difficult and emotional to see, with thousands company-wide making a transition that officially starts tomorrow. The current environment is causing many of us to make decisions and changes we wouldn’t have thought necessary, or thought about at all at the beginning of the year. These decisions leading to change and transition come with weighing countless pros and cons. They require much thought and are rarely easy. Pushing us to utilize and dig deep into our skills of patience, perseverance and resilience.
To everyone in my Southwest Airlines family who has made the decision to retire early or take an extended period of time off – and to those who will continue to work on the front-line every day to keep our beloved airline running well, I wish each and every one of you all the best! I’ve missed seeing many of you on a regular basis and look forward to being back at work when air travel is busier. I am incredibly thankful and proud to be a part of such an amazing family that is genuinely supportive and loving!
To everyone who’s taking steps towards what’s next on their path, I encourage you to practice self care along the way. The above picture is a path I recently hiked and represents me practicing self care and perseverance in the midst of change and transition on my path. Nature offers me endless inspiration!
Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle