A Change in Perspective

Photo by: Mei Ratz

For the last year or so I have been living half time in the US and half time in Italy. Straddling two continents is exciting as well as exhausting — I wouldn’t change this life of mine. My tourist visa only allows me to be in Italy for 3 months within a 6 month period of time, so back and forth I go.

In the past, having to leave has left me feeling a bit heavy hearted — why do I have to go? The differences between us all become so small and unimportant, when you can’t live where you would like to. Wait. What? I have to leave, really? Shrug.

I have zero and every opportunity at once.

But this time I decided to look at it from a different perspective. What an opportunity! My apartment in Portland is sublet, all my things are being well taken care of, I can go anywhere and do anything. One of my friends said it well: I have zero and every opportunity all at once. Which basically sums up life, doesn’t it?

At this point I’m not sure where I’ll end up after the holidays, and I’m ok with that. I’m going to put out the word to all of my contacts and see where the wind blows me.

All from a change of perspective. That’s it. The heavy feeling has been replaced by giddy excitement. How many times have opportunities passed us by because we were stuck and only willing to see it from one angle? I know I have have missed many. Here’s to us all looking again and again from all directions.

If you had an open three months coming up, tell me, what would you do with it?