As I approach the end of my journey, I want to make the most of it. Sometimes we don’t appreciate things while we have it. Life passes us by and we miss it.
I have to get better at that: living in the moment. See it’s easy when you are on vacation. You know you are pressed for time so you try to squeeze everything in, whether that is food, sights, meetings, etc.
But what about when you are living your day to day life? How can we remind ourselves to appreciate what we have and take the most advantage of it?
I still haven’t figured it out. It’s a work in progress even for me and that's okay as long as we realize and recognize it.
Italy was a vacation for me. Yes, I scooped some gelato, I made some pasta and sweets, but it was a vacation with lots of travelling and adventures.
Yet, while I was living in Rome, I found that I wasn't taking as much advantage as I should have been. You see days started to become routine. When you are in a place for a long period of time, everything starts to fade into the background. For me, even seeing the Vatican started to become almost like a background noise.
But no part of our lives should become "background noise." No matter where you live, it should be a big freaking deal! Why? Because we only live once. We forget to appreciate what we have way too often. We take life for granted.
And so November, the last month living in Italy is finally here and I feel like I haven’t done everything I wanted to. Crazy right?! Three months should be pleeenty of time but life goes by in a blink of an eye.
And if you aren't paying attention, you will miss it.
So now, as I write this very random post, I am drinking some Lambrusco. A wine that unfortunately is hard to come by in Canada because it is not imported but it is one of my favourite wines. Nothing special, probably some of the cheapest wines but I love it because of my memories with it during my Erasmus.
And also because it's so easy drinking. It's like a Prosecco but red and so much better. Like red frizzy wine? Yes, please.
Anyways less about wine, more about life! The more I think maybe we can’t do it all. It’s impossible to do everything, to eat everything. To drink everything. Do you know how many restaurants there are in Rome and how many plates “you have to try” there are at each location?! Too many for one person that’s for sure. Even with my big stomach, it's impossible.
Three months is simply not enough. That being said, is it ever enough? No, I think we always want more. And we always want what we can’t have. It's true, we humans are kind of wired that way.
But we can challenge those feelings and thoughts. How?
By accepting and appreciating what we have in this moment.
So as the clock ticks away, I am going to enjoy every last bit I can of Rome. I won’t be able to eat and try everything but I will go out and appreciate every bite I take, every new flavour and food I experience. Every person I meet!
And I will tell myself that it is enough. "You are here, you can only do and experience so much but regardless of that, it will be your experience not anyone else’s. So make the most out of it with no regrets. Life is too short for regrets."
So wherever we are in this moment should be accepted and appreciated. Not just on vacation but every single day. You hear me? Every. Single. Day!
You will live a fuller and happier life. Well at least I think so...because you will be present and there is nothing like being present in the moment.
Now that doesn't mean that if you don't like the moment you are in to stay there. No. Accept where you are but if you want to be somewhere else, go and work for that. But that's a discussion for another time.
For my journey, for my moment right now...
I accept the fact that I may not be in the best “shape” because I am enjoying myself. I am eating what I want when I want. All in moderation of course but I am still eating out my “routine” and that is okay. Because that is this moment. I am in Rome, I will have all the cheese please.
I accept the fact that maybe I didn’t eat out around my neighbourhood enough and explored the “not so well known” Trattorias and Osterias. However, in the next couple of days that I am here, I will give them a chance. And I will probably not get to try everything, but I will enjoy the experience of what I do try.
And finally I appreciate the opportunity that I have received and given myself to do this crazy trip. I am so grateful of every experience and every person I have had the opportunity to meet and now be friends with. My heart is so full, my wallet not so much lol but my heart really is.
So now I ask you, what will you accept in your life today? How will you strive to live more in the moment and appreciate the things around you and your life?
Are you happy? If not, how can you be?