Summer vacation is but a week away and I reflect on a busy year. From relocating to Italy, to living in a new culture, teaching internationally, and traveling; there have been many new experiences. Despite these experiences, I am eager to return to the States to reenergize my soul. My native New Hampshire calls. It almost sings a daily song saying that it is time to say hi again.
I wonder if I will see things differently returning for the summer. Yet with the conveniences, the familiar language, and all that makes America great; the fact is I am returning a changed man. The slower life of Southern Italy gets under your skin. While you never quite understand why it takes weeks to get things done, or months, the fact is as time passes you no longer get frustrated about the process.
“It is what it is,” rings truer here than any other place I have lived. You can fight it and get upset, but in the end enjoying the little moments of life along the Adriatic Sea is far more important and rewarding.
Perhaps this lesson will come in handy this summer. In the very least, I know I will need that perspective with the continued twists and turns that life continues to bring my way.