Female pilot inspires others around the world

Posted by Anita Froneman on 7 November 2019

Swedish social media influencer and pilot, Maria ‘The Pilot’ Fagerström has a viral blog. She started it and an Instagram account to share her day-to-day life as a pilot, giving interesting insights and starting important conversations – she never imagined that it would reach almost 500,000 followers.

Fagerström writes about the things she loves about her job, but also about the things that bother her. From sharing funny, relatable stories about not being able to enjoy her coffee if there’s turbulence, to getting real about having to face unfair behaviour because she is a woman, the readers are invited along and welcomed to respond.

 

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🧡 Give it a like if you can relate to this! ⇊⠀ ⠀ It’s easy to tell when someone is passionate about something. Their eyes lit up when they talk about it and they have an easy flow finding the words because they are just so damn excited talking about it. ⠀ ⠀ We have this saying in Swedish “jag brinner för” which stands for “I burn for”. The meaning behind it is when you’re really into something you get this energy bomb like you’re whole body is on fire 🔥 (in a good way 🤪) ⠀ ⠀ I get this excited when I accomplish something I’ve pushed myself to do, something that I’d get nervous even thinking about. Because that’s when you learn and GROW as a person, and I have a huuuuge passion for personal development. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I love the saying “life begins outside of your comfort zone” – because it’s just SO true!! It’s when you challenge yourself that you’ll get to experience the REAL reward. That’s where you’ll reach your goals, and that’s where LIFE is! ➜ So for today’s lesson: Know that it is OKAY to be nervous or afraid and DO IT ANYWAYS, the reward will leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled, and there’s simply no better feeling than that. 🙏🏼 ⠀ ⠀ Tell me, what gets YOU nervous? 💬 .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #mariathepilot #crew #bossbabe #mrmrspilot #planespotter #instaplane #goproaviation #instapilot #avgeek #boeing #femalepilot #instagramaviation #aviationdaily #instaaviation #instatravel #pilotgirls #femalepilots #pilotsviews #aviator #ladyboss #womenpower #hardworker #dreamers #b737 #pilotstories #womaninuniform #cockpitviews ♡

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‘Did you know that there are just above 5% female pilots in the aviation industry today working as commercial pilots? That is 95% men. But to be honest, I don’t mind. I don’t feel I get treated differently than any of my colleagues, and that’s exactly how it should be. However, every now and then I meet people at work that don’t see me as an equal to my male colleagues.’

In a male dominated work environment, she tells of how she had to push herself to follow her dreams and get recognised as a competent pilot. She encourages people to challenge themselves to grow personally and reach their goals. ‘We have this saying in Swedish “jag brinner för” which stands for “I burn for”. The meaning behind it is when you’re really into something you get this energy bomb like your whole body is on fire (in a good way). I get this excited when I accomplish something I’ve pushed myself to do, something that I’d get nervous even thinking about,’ she says.

Followers especially enjoy getting a look into the world of a pilot, as many people are sometimes unsure of what exactly it entails. Making it look glamorous and liberating on some days, she also shares the not-so glamorous days on which she is overtired, under pressure and facing challenges. Fans adore her passion and approachable style, inspiring people all over the world.

 

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So… who wears it better? 😏 Don’t you just hate when your boyfriend copy your on-point outfit like that? 🤪💁🏼‍♀️ ⠀ ⠀ Anyhow, here’s a question that I got from the best #crew on Instagram (that’s you guys): “So what’s in that HUGE flight bag of yours?” 👈🏼 ⠀ ⠀ I’ll tell you what I hide in there. But don’t tell anyone else. Mostly food: breakfast, lunch and some snacks. At least 1,5 liters of water. My company iPad (for performance calculations, documentations and charts). Uniform jacket. Umbrella. And wet wipes because the flight deck is full of germs 🦠🤢 #RealPilotInsights ⠀ ⠀ This is the glorious/not-so-glorious life of a pilot working for the biggest low-cost carrier in Europe ✌🏼 But honestly, I DON’T MIND carrying that big bag with me, I’d rather eat my homemade meals anyways. (However, it would be nice to get cold fresh water at work). But that’s OKAY. Because you know what? Negative thinking will never make your life positive. There SO MANY positives that comes with this work, like the fixed schedule, living in Spain with my hubby, the free time off, the excitement to FLY makes up for anything and I believe it’s the best job in the world ☺️ ⠀ ⠀ Here’s your lesson for today: when you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on POSSIBILITIES, you’ll get more OPPORTUNITIES 🙌🏼 #positivemindset Now: #SHARE this with someone who needs to hear this ☝🏼 ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #mariathepilot #crewcommunity #bossbabe #mrmrspilot #couplesgoals #instaplane #instapilot #avgeek #boeing #femalepilot #instagramaviation #empoweringwomen #aviationdaily #instaaviation #pilotsviews #aviator #ladyboss #womenpower #hardworker #dreamers #pilotstories #womaninuniform ♡

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