It is with a heavy heart that I announce that, as a result of the current global situation, I must leave Italy and return to the States.
Sadly, tourism has been essentially halted this year which means no income. And no work means no visa renewal.
I’m crushed, but I am also grateful that:
- I have a family who will take me in (for a bit);
- I have not lost anyone dear to me due to the virus;
- I have not had to shut down a business or lay people off due to the pandemic.
I am, in the big picture, going back unscathed, and for that I am grateful.
I am also seeing this an opportunity to recollect, recharge, and reset. As much as this was definitely not my plan, and I agonised over this inevitable outcome, I am now at peace with it. I am so incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity it Italy; I am a better person for it. Of course, I have the full intention to return to Italy as soon as I can, but I am prepared to weather the storm in the meantime.
I would love to keep my blog, but I can no longer afford the expense to renew it. I have enjoyed this platform to write down my thoughts and share my experiences.
I want to thank all of you who chose to follow my little blog and read my musings – It means so much that you did. My most sincere thank to each of you.
I hope to blog again one day, but for now I have to let this site go. And this is where the story of the Phoenix comes to mind. The mythical bird who, dies in a burst of flames, only to be reborn from the ashes. It was always an interesting visual, but now there is actually meaning to me. It seems that we, as humans, were meant to have “seasons” in life and then move – sometimes seamlessly, sometimes flamboyantly – to the next season, starting anew, curious and unafraid.
Let us all feel at peace with our own change of seasons.