Someone always has to bring religion into it
Yep. Going to church is my first priority, and not just on Sundays. Where I work as a ramp agent we also get our schedules based on seniority so I didn't get much choice with my current schedule. It isn't too bad, and I have ways to manage a balance, but the moment it becomes clear that sacrificing my schedule to the aviation industry is preventing me from my first priority, I'm prepared to quit and start all over in another industry.
I could learn about sports and world news, and latest entertainment, funny videos, pets, cars, outdoor adventures, festivals? I could talk about that stuff when it's casual, but in this thread about New Dispatcher FAQ, those would be off topic and although many of those who preceded me here have asked great questions that I also would have asked, none have talked about the problem I'm currently facing. In fact, other than the reply which encouraged me to keep going, the other dispatchers with whom I've had a similar talk all basically said the same things: "I'm not religious, I don't care about particular days or observe any holidays, I don't really know what it's like, you might have to make a hard choice" (and I'm summarizing).
If I knew how to ask the question better, I would ask it. As such, this is the best way I can. My religion is more important to me than even having a nice, sweet life. This career seems fun and like something I would have wanted to do when my priorities were different (good for a nice, sweet life). It does sound like it will interfere with my religious life, though.
Thus, my conflict.
Another thing I noticed, however, is that - through this thread - despite the general advice to gain experience at a regional airline as a career strategy, everyone's path in life is unique. They come from different places and take their own paths to other different places, and we simply cross each other's paths along the way. I imagine there's more than a storm or some bad weather to avoid in a life trajectory, for some.
I love blue skies, though; since I was a kid. I've lived in a handful of different places. I am familiar with how it feels to be living somewhere that isn't what you need
. Your health falls apart. Then, unless you just want to hop around wherever you can all your life (never settling down), the place you live matters a ton.
In the end, it's up to me to decide, and my problem. I'm not preaching or proselytizing. I'm trying to learn more about the aircraft dispatching career as quickly as I can to see if I can still have a meaningful career in life, or if I should just swallow my pride and remain working in menial labor for minimum wage. It is all about religion for me. There's nothing else to talk about.