“To live, to TRULY live, we must be willing to RISK. To be nothing in order to find everything. To leap before we look.” – Mandy Hale
My daughter is travelling over in Europe at the moment and last week she went to visit the beautiful small town of Panzano in Tuscany, where we lived for ten months during 2007.
Our greatest lesson after losing our son was to know that life is precious and that waiting or hoping there is a perfect time or day to start something doesn’t always happen and does not allow us to live in the moment.
I have always loved italians, italian food, italian language and culture and as I grew up in Australia with a Grandma who insisted we call “Nona” I must have started to believe from an early age that perhaps I was italian! and so it was no surprise one night as we sat down for dinner that we said “Let’s go and live in Italy for a year.”
The details of how this would take place didn’t seem important at the time, because it felt so right. The girls were at the right age to leave school for a year and we felt it would benefit us all to experience a new culture and pace and also help with the healing process of grief.
The planning and excitement grew each day and the response from others was shock and disbelief that we were actually going to go through with it. Most people believe that this is something you only do when you have won the lottery or when you Retire or when you find out you only have a year to live, and start to panic you better start living!
So, against some odds! We packed up the house, rented it out and took off to live in a quaint village in Tuscany, that we had never heard of (or anyone else for that matter) and hoped that the villa we paid a deposit on would really be there when we arrived!
It was there and it was certainly one of the best experiences for our family. We travelled, we picked grapes and olives, we ate, we drank, we laughed, we cried, we met the most amazing generous people and we lived very frugally at times!
I will need to write a book about all the experiences we had in beautiful Italy, but until then, I encourage you to let your heart take you where you need to go and not to worry whether you have enough money or that the kids are too young or that you are too old or you won’t have a job to come back to. If it feels right for you, step out in faith and do it now.
Don’t wait for a diagnosis, or the pension or your superannuation to arrive! There is no better time than the present to live fully and feel alive! “La Dolce a Vita”