In the name of location independence I first downshifted and then quit my desk job but, somehow, to this day I’m still in Rome. The emotional roller-coaster of being free to travel, of becoming enthusiastic about way too many projects, of meeting like-minded people on my way (falling in love, living in my own fantasy, falling off the unicorn, and reload), of being able to enjoy a walk in the sunshine while spring is blooming rather than dying in the cubicle…
Me, Myself and I
It all began when I first put real life on pause to just live, elsewhere. I took a break from the intensity of life back home -stuffed with people you must see and places where you must go- and it felt great. Without strings, obligations, responbilities or duties, I found an elsewhere where I could just be.
As you already know if you have been following my blog for a while, exactly one year ago I downshifted at my desk job to have more time for writing and focusing on this blog. It has been a very intense year and has brought me to the 1000 follower milestone on facebook, to publishing my travel stories in several magazines and even in a couple of books, to developing partnerships with different companies and –above all- to spending my time doing what I like most: travelling and writing.
While on the road, you are supposed to make it with just what you’ve managed to stuff into your suitcase. I find it very liberating: I always end up realizing that I can survive with a very small part of that big amount of stuff I’m usually surrounded with.
We 30-somethings are a generation of dreamers, dreamers who don’t want to settle for anything less.
When Silvia, Stefania and Ilaria from the blog www.itrentenni.com asked me to contribute to a book about our generation, I didn’t know how all our stories would glue together, I didn’t know who were the fellow authors or what they were going to write about. None of us knew.
The difference between “I’m going to fly to Sofia on Friday” and “I’m flying to Sofia on Friday” is all about your intention; before making the sentence, you should ask yourself if you really want it or you just have a vague intention, thinking about how determined you are and how far did you go with your plans.
Did you get the ticket?
Did you book the hotel?
Well, then you are enough determined to dare a present continuous tense.