The day has arrived… I graduated today! After a very long, tough, and emotional 4 weeks I am officially a WestJet flight attendant! I think I’m still in shock that I’ve come this far and I’m about to fly back to my new home and really start over. As much as I’ve loved this experience, after a month of being in the same hotel room and taking the same shuttle every morning, I am so excited to get on a plane tomorrow morning and fly back to some familiarity. I can’t wait to walk around Toronto and go do groceries and squeeze into a futon with my best friend. At the same time, I’m going to miss this place and all the people that have been there along the way. I’ve made some really close friendships with a couple people in my training class and I can already tell I’m going to hold onto those relationships for a long time. There were nights where I wanted to scream and pull my hair out from all the stress but I would just walk up to the 5th floor (I liked to avoid the elevator as much as possible) lay on Ashley or Silvy’s couch with a glass of wine and take a deep breath. I realized that while we were all sitting around tonight, it was the last time we were going to be drinking wine and venting together in this environment and the emotions hit me. I didn’t cry all day. I got called up to get my wings and my instructor said “congrats little miss no emotion!” and we laughed and hugged but she secretly knew I’d go back to the hotel and have my own little moment. And I did have many of those little moments tonight whether it was while I was packing up my uniform, attaching my crew tags to my new luggage, or double checking all the empty drawers in my hotel room. And even now as I type I realize that although I’m going back to familiarity and I get to go visit my family this week (and my little furball Henry – woo!) I’m stepping out into a whole new world. And you know what? Sometimes you just have to take a risk. You gain nothing by standing still.