Outlicious Essays

Behind The Smile

Behind The Smile

THE CONTRADICTORY WORLD OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS

It’s 10 pm. You just finished a 14 hour day of work. Arriving at an airport hotel room in a city you never expected to be in that day, you slide your key card into the door and enter the room, luggage in tow. It looks and smells like countless corporate hotel rooms you have been in. Impersonal. Anonymous. The door slams behind you. You take a few steps in the door to the bed and...


My Cat Saved My Life

My Cat Saved My Life



I used to hate cats. Seriously. Everything about them seemed like an inconvenience. From the smelly litter boxes, fur everywhere and just overall poor attitude; I didn’t understand why anyone would want one. Their razor blade-covered feet and predator-like instincts made them seem like an injury waiting to happen.

In 2014, I relocated to New York City for my job. It comes as no shock I’m sure, but it is very difficult to find decent housing there. Although most of my...


Looking for the Nearest Exit

Looking for the Nearest Exit

HOW THE PULSE MASSACRE CHANGED MY BEHAVIOR



I have always been a safety conscious person. Six years of being a flight attendant ingrains certain habits into your brain. Most of these habits involved preventing injury: seeing something on the ground that could trip someone, etc. My awareness of safety went to a new level two years ago.

When the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando happened, mass shootings were not a new thing in the United States. Most of them occurred at schools or...