There are people in this world who weigh their decisions carefully from one hand to the other, intricately analyzing the possible consequences of one path versus another and the impacts each will have on their futures.
Then there are people who throw caution to the wind, take one day at a time, and go where the spirit leads them.
Then there’s me.
I appear to be the first, but with some serious genetic predispositions towards the second. The result is that I’m impulsive, but dedicated. Hence, I find myself in Italy… for the rest of my life.
Shall I explain?
So, at age 26 I met and fell in love with an Italian in my masters degree program in Sydney, Australia. I know, I know, I know… who doesn’t fall in love with an Italian in their mid-20’s while on study-holiday in Australia? One would think it would end there – a fling Down Under with a tall, dark, Mediterranean dude. Excellent.
But no! What were really a series of very very small decisions, so small that I didn’t even consider them life-altering decisions at the time, combined forces to lead my life down a path that I had never once considered. At first it was just a quick “why don’t you just move in with me?” Then there were plans for an around-the-world trip. Then we checked our wallets and did some math. “How about we stay in my Italian hometown for a bit and save up?” Sure! Why not? Italy is supposed to be lovely in the summer! Then the financial crisis hit and work became scarce. We picked up some work as freelance architects for friends of La Famiglia, just to get by. Two projects turned into five. We opened an office. We chose a business name.
Three years later, I’m staring at my tall, dark, handsome Italiano, who is down on one knee in the middle of Rome, and I’m thinking… “How the HELL did that happen?!”
And there you have it. Poof. Life just does what it wants, doesn’t it?
So, here I am. Some days I absolutely love it. Some days I want to take Italy, stuff it into a soccer ball, and punt it into space.
Today is sunny, so I’m crushing pretty hard.
Are you an expat in Italy? Tell me your story of how you got here!!