April Fools’ Day PSA
Hans may have a fandom but I think I speak for all of us when I say we’d deck the first guy to actually do this to us. So like don’t.
Happy April Fool’s Day everyone!
Recently, your mother and I were searching for an answer on Google. Halfway through entering the question, Google returned a list of the most popular searches in the world. Perched at the top of the list was “How to keep him interested.”
It startled me. I scanned several of the countless articles about how to be sexy and sexual, when to bring him a beer versus a sandwich, and the ways to make him feel smart and superior.
And I got angry.
Little One, it is not, has never been, and never will be your job to “keep him interested.”
Little One, your only task is to know deeply in your soul—in that unshakeable place that isn’t rattled by rejection and loss and ego—that you are worthy of interest. (If you can remember that everyone else is worthy of interest also, the battle of your life will be mostly won. But that is a letter for another day.)
If you can trust your worth in this way, you will be attractive in the most important sense of the word: you will attract a boy who is both capable of interest and who wants to spend his one life investing all of his interest in you.
Little One, I want to tell you about the boy who doesn’t need to be keptinterested, because he knows you are interesting:
I don’t care if he puts his elbows on the dinner table—as long as he puts his eyes on the way your nose scrunches when you smile. And then can’t stop looking.
I don’t care if he can’t play a bit of golf with me—as long as he can play with the children you give him and revel in all the glorious and frustrating ways they are just like you.
I don’t care if he doesn’t follow his wallet—as long as he follows his heart and it always leads him back to you.
I don’t care if he is strong—as long as he gives you the space to exercise the strength that is in your heart.
I couldn’t care less how he votes—as long as he wakes up every morning and daily elects you to a place of honor in your home and a place of reverence in his heart.
I don’t care about the color of his skin—as long as he paints the canvas of your lives with brushstrokes of patience, and sacrifice, and vulnerability, and tenderness.
I don’t care if he was raised in this religion or that religion or no religion—as long as he was raised to value the sacred and to know every moment of life, and every moment of life with you, is deeply sacred.
In the end, Little One, if you stumble across a man like that and he and I have nothing else in common, we will have the most important thing in common:
Because in the end, Little One, the only thing you should have to do to “keep him interested” is to be you.
Your eternally interested guy,
Happy International Women’s Day
Asked by edralis
I’m really not sure about the first one! It’s a great question but I was on a plane last night from around 2000 hrs, landed back around 7am and slept until 1900hrs. My brain hasn’t quite caught up with the waking world I’m afraid.
I would very much enjoy answering the second question as it is something I myself have considered over the years. My epithet would be Elizabethe the Chartless. I have no one home other than the world, I have no place on the map, I’ve always been chartless and ready to move. I have a wandering soul and the world is mine to roam.
My personal motto is very easy to answer: It is Psalm 31:25: ‘She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future’. Planes are dangerous but we we as humans weren’t meant to stay on the ground, and with no fear there will be no future. So I choose to live my life to the fullest and to cherish every moment until my last. As for the second part as cliche as it seems I think my symbol would be an eagle with wings spread wide clutching the world in one claw. When I land I always text my mom four words so she knows that I am safe and can go to sleep or go about her day without worrying: ‘The eagle has landed’. That is our code so I think it’s only fitting that it would stand as my symbol.
I truly enjoyed answering this question, thank you for asking!
I’m sure by now most people have heard about the missing MH370 Boeing 777-200 ER. As a crew member myself I find this story to be very upsetting and the fact that I’m operating a 200 tonight is very distressing. I’ve read many reports this morning and have seen the way people are already assuming the worst. In times like these where faith is shaken and the next hours are uncertain please remember that we crew are trained for *every* possible situation onboard.
My dearest hope is that the plane has ditched somewhere in the ocean, the crew have evacuated, the ELT has been activated, and are patiently waiting to be found. Crew know what our jobs and responsibilities are. We are trained to know what to do for planned and unplanned emergencies, we go through months of arduous training to become qualified to operate these aircraft. This is our job and we live, breath, sleep aircraft safety. We know what to do when things go wrong so please pray that the crew were given the chance to put their emergency training to work.
Please pray for the safe recovery of the crew and pax of this flight. As I carry out my safety and security search tonight onboard my own aircraft tonight my heart and my mind will be full of the thought of my colleagues onboard the missing plane. I know that no matter the outcome of this event they have done their absolute best and I am proud to share the airspace of this Earth with them.
I know this may seem difficult to ask but please also refrain from speculation. I understand that people want to do something to visually show that they are thinking about this event but please think about what you are posting before you click submit. People are already upset by the news without having to add visuals to the situation especially on social media.
I know that they have ditched and have evacuated the aircraft. They are sitting in their life rafts with life jackets on waiting patiently to be found. They have done their duties and it’s our turn to bring them home. Just keep positive thoughts in your mind, and for the safe recovery of our colleagues and their passengers onboard.
I just got in from Moscow and turned my phone on to find a message from one of my long lost so called friends who tracked me down and realised I was working as a flight attendant.
I couldn’t help but think that this time last year I was in London completely miserable. I was sickened by the people I surrounded myself with, their rumours, the never ending gossip, and complete lies. But I never realised how small and utterly insignificant they were and that the only reason I was miserable was because I thought their opinions actually mattered.
So let it go. You stay in the past in your small town with your even smaller mind far away from me and I’ll travel onwards anywhere my roster takes me.
Hello from Dubai!! Training is going very well, I’m two weeks into a seven week program and my brain is starting to feel very full! I wake up very day (incidentally my alarm coincides with the call to prayer which I think is beautiful) and feel so blessed and lucky to be working here. It’s an absolute dream come true. Training started on Christmas Eve and I told my batchmates this is one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received! Hope you are all well! Happy Holidays and in advance a very joyful New Year!