Always amazed at the beauty of nature…
I head back to Montana in a little more than a week, and I am so surprised to see how quickly these six months in Italy have gone by. I learned so much about myself and who I really want to be over the course of this period.
I discovered that I shouldn’t give up a dream just because it’s not coming to me easily, and started really pursuing a career doing what I love, which is writing and traveling the world. I have seen success doing it, and I know I am headed on the right track–it feels like this is the path I am supposed to take.
I discovered that there is nothing wrong with me as a person. To accept Alex for who she is, not how she is viewed by others (this will be an ongoing challenge).
I discovered that being lonely is not a bad thing, that everyone is, and that it can help you take some time for you.
I discovered that anything you truly put your mind to is possible, but it might take time.
And I discovered that not all people are meant to be in your life, no matter how much you want them there.
I’ve learned limits, extended some, dreamed and hoped and learned that to turn down a life of adventure would be what I would regret the most. No one said it was easy.
But it does make a good story.
I must admit, Barcelona was not my favorite destination the first time I was there. Part of it might have been the fact that I was saying goodbye to some amazing friends and I had been traveling nonstop for a month. However, this time I went to Barcelona with no agenda, and found that I loved the vibe of the city–my view on it definitely changed.
What places have you been to that your perspective has changed?
Raise High the Roofbeam by J.D. Salinger ~ 4/5
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda ~ 5/5
Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez ~ 4/5
Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo by Tim Parks ~ 3/5
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie ~ 4/5
The Humbling by Philip Roth ~ 3/5
Mexico City Blues (242 Choruses) by Jack Kerouac ~ 4/5
Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav ~ 5/5
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volume 2 by Joseph Gordon Levitt ~ 4/5
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed ~ 3/5
A Year Without Make-Up: Tales of a 20-Something Traveler by Stephanie Yoder ~ 3/5
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert ~ 3/5
Without Feathers by Woody Allen ~ 3/5
Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell ~ 4/5
Whiteout by Ken Follett ~ 2/5
Purple Moon by Tessa Emily Hall ~ 5/5
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin ~ 3/5
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ 5/5
The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski ~ 4/5
Satori in Paris and Pic by Jack Kerouac ~ 4/5
The Basic Writings of Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche ~ 4/5
The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari ~ 4/5
Dear Life by Alice Munro ~ 4/5
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce ~ 3/5
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ 3/5
What have you been reading?
Sorry that this will be just a quick update, but I’m officially moved into my new apartment in Florence with some amazing roomies. I’m now TEFL certified, and I’m planning some trips to some fun places within the next few months (Bologna, Paris, Pisa, Barcelona, London…) and also thinking about what will happen when I have to head home for a friend’s wedding and what I will want to do after that.
Life is strange, but it all works out…you just kind of have to take it as it comes…