You would think that by my 9th week here I would no longer be amazed by everything around me. But, it seems that the more time passes the more amazed I am by this city and by its’ culture.
Let me paint this picture for you. Right now, as I write this, I am sitting at an outdoor café, surrounded by strangers. A mixture of tourists and residents, lovers and friends, families and strangers. The sun is slowly setting, creating an indescribable, move-like setting. Horses attached to carriages add to this dream I suddenly feel I am in.
If that wasn’t enough, in the last 5 minutes, I have been able to hear at least 5 different languages being spoken. The culture that surrounds me never ceases to astonish me and as the laughter of children fills the air, I think to myself that if paradise exists, I must be in it.
For a moment in time I find myself lost in thought. I find myself rid of worries, rid of hardship, rid of questions. You see, lately I have been nervous about my summer plans. And as my roommates get interviews with various companies, I worry about what I want from life. I worry about my future, but in this moment of pure simplicity, there are no worries about what the future holds, there is only now.
Living in Italy has taught me a new appreciation for life. It has taught me to live life to the fullest. Here, time passes faster than I could have ever expected and it teaches me to appreciate everything around me, to take in every moment and every experience. It teaches me that these are the moments I want to remember.
These little things are the simple things, the beautiful things that I want to remember and appreciate for the rest of my life.