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Natasha J. Rosewood talks about her book ‘Flight of Your Life’

Author Natasha Rosewood chatted about her book “Flight of Your Life: Confessions of a 1970s Air Hostess.”

Natasha J. Rosewood
Author Natasha J. Rosewood. Photo Courtesy of Natasha Rosewood
Author Natasha J. Rosewood. Photo Courtesy of Natasha Rosewood

Author Natasha J. Rosewood chatted about her book “Flight of Your Life: Confessions of a 1970s Air Hostess.”

In this book, she reflected on her time as a flight attendant in the ’70s, and how that time period in her life has shaped her viewpoint on the world. She also opened up about being an author in the digital age.

She is a firm believer of the quote: “life is an adventure, let’s live it.”

Background on Natasha J. Rosewood

Natasha J. Rosewood is a native of England. At the age of 22, she became proficient in three European languages, and embarked on a career as a flight attendant. Concurrently, she delved into the study of palmistry and willingly shared her insights with those interested.

After eight years of flying international routes, which included a stint in Libya, she expanded her linguistic skills by acquiring conversational proficiency in three additional languages.

In 1983, Natasha made the life-changing decision to immigrate to BC, Canada. There, she underwent a transformative journey, evolving into a renowned metaphysician and prolific writer of books and films.

Rosewood’s first three published books included “Aaagh! I Think I’m Psychic (And You Can Be Too),” “Aaagh! I Thought You Were Dead (And Other Psychic Adventures),” and “Mostly True Ghostly Stories.”

Her primary objective is to facilitate healing and empowerment through the utilization of quantum healing techniques and inspirational narratives.

The title of your book,’ Flight of Your Life’, suggests that your experiences in the 1970s were life-changing. What inspired you to share your story with readers?

As a habitual storyteller, I couldn’t help myself but share these adventures with family, friends and clients. My audiences loved my stories so much, they begged me to write the book.

My flying era was also the best time of my life so recalling those years and being able to relive the fun, outrageous events and that piece of historical aviation was a joy for me.

How did your time as an air hostess during that period shape your perspective on life and the world?

The flying life opened me up to so much information including the negative and positive sides of humanity, my own buried personality, and knowledge of our world. Having to problem-solve on the spot gave me self-confidence in capabilities that I didn’t know I possessed.

Being an air hostess provided the best education in experiencing up close and personal the traits of so many nationalities. In addition, the unsafe airline on which I flew also taught me not to take anything for granted, especially life.

In your book, you mention navigating “romantic escapades while working as an air hostess.” How did you balance your personal life with the demands of your job, and did these experiences affect your perspective on relationships and love?

The downside of the flying life was that on many occasions, due to a sudden change of schedule or an aircraft going “tech,” I was not able to attend a party, a Christmas dinner, or a concert.

While I was fortunate that my own boyfriend loved the irregularities of my flying life as we avoided “sinking into a routine,” other colleagues had more controlling boyfriends who could not handle the erratic schedule of the job and/or the attention their hostess girlfriends attracted.

Those relationships did not last. If we wanted to fly, we, along with our boyfriends, had to accept the chaos. While working closely with females, we all shared the dramas of our love lives, and we all learned a lot about relationships from each other.

Very few romances developed from passenger advances but what did surprise me was how the female cabin crew sometimes threw themselves at the male flight deck crew, married or not.

Your book offers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of the aviation industry. What are some lesser-known aspects or challenges of being an air hostess that readers may find surprising, intriguing or funny?

What I found surprising was that the girls who had dreamed of becoming an “air hostess” from childhood became quickly disillusioned. Rather than glamorous, flying for Dan Air at least, was more like working on a construction site as well as emotionally and psychologically demanding.

Nor did we get to see the world while on duty with this short haul airline, just the tarmacs of many, many airports. But due to cheaper and sometimes free airline travel, flying to more exotic places for holidays was far more accessible.

Another bonus was the many perks which airline personnel qualified for, such as discounts on car maintenance, and dry cleaning. Before training, I imagined that the mostly-female work atmosphere might be competitive, but I was delighted at how quickly we bonded, even after just one flight. Some of those bonds remain to this day.

The other pleasant surprise was that as an air hostess, regardless of which country or airline you were from, you were automatically accepted as part of an international club.

Your book, ‘Flight of Your Life’, captures both the challenges and the lighter moments of your time as an air hostess. Can you discuss the importance of finding humor and positivity in the face of adversity, and how it contributed to your overall experience and outlook?

As a child, and moving a lot, I soon learned that humour and making the other children laugh brought me instant acceptance. While flying, and still to this day, humor has so often melted potentially aggressive situations, helped others to overcome fears, relax, and calm enraged people.

When flying, the more we, the crew, laughed and had fun, even to the point of unprofessionalism, the more the passengers joined in the frivolity. In the tight space of a cabin where the crews’ moods affected passengers, there was no room for the misery of girls who were unhappy on the job. They were soon encouraged to find happiness in another profession.

The parallel between flying high above the clouds is a good metaphor for humor as it teaches us to rise above and look down from a great height on our situation, thereby gaining a lighter perspective. Laughter is still the best medicine, and in some instances, has even saved lives.

Reflecting on your journey during those days, what lessons or insights do you hope readers will take away from your book, particularly in terms of embracing adventure, resilience, and the beauty of human imperfections?

My main wish for readers is that they will absorb from my stories how funny, imperfect, resilient, brave, generous, sometimes dysfunctional, and amazing all human beings are.

No matter our skin color, nationality or background, we are all fundamentally the same, and uniquely and adorably flawed. While we are here to evolve and become our best selves, we should give up perfection as an ideal. It will never happen, and if it did, it would be boring.

We are all so much more amazing than we know. As far as adventure goes, my mantra has been and still is, “Life is an adventure. Let’s live it.”

Perhaps readers will be inspired to be more adventurous as adventures only happen when events and people don’t behave according to plan. The flying life supplied that in ways I could never have imagined.

Flying also taught me self-reliance, to solve problems on the spot and gave me the confidence to deal with all kinds of emergencies. I hope that younger readers will realize that until we are all put on the spot, we don’t know how capable we are, and those tests build confidence.

I learned not to sweat the small stuff or worry about something awful happening, until it did. I wrote the book to remind readers that we are, as humans, unique expressions of some divine comedy.

As we stumble and fumble through life, our mistakes can be our greatest, funniest adventures and our teachers of expansion. Without mine, I would not have had a book to write!

What is it like being an author in the digital age (Now with streaming, technology, and social media being so prevalent)?

Being an author in the digital age is challenging! The romantic writer in me wishes I could have lived on the West Bank in Paris in the 1920’s at the time of Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Fitzgerald.

While I appreciate the vast opportunities that the digital era presents, I also feel that dealing with the publishing and self-publishing world now demands more marketing talent than writing. Perhaps because so many people are writing their books today, which is a good thing, but the accessibility to all does make having a best seller tougher.

As a writer of five books, I am, however, now beginning to master the marketing machine and always intend for my books to reach an international audience.

What beverage do you typically indulge in to celebrate the completion of a new book?

A glass of Prosecco!

“Flight of Your Life: Confessions of a 1970s Air Hostess” is available on Amazon by clicking here.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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