The other day I wrote a post about being nomadic, and once again I find myself about to board an airplane. Monday, I return to Rome and will be there for a month. If you were to ask me why, then I could give you about 5 good reasons (not in any particular order): 1) my stuff is still there, 2) I need to pick up my work permit, 3) I never picked up my university degree, 4) I’ve had a poetry translation published in a book and I will receive a copy there, and 5) it’s a great chance to see my friends.
Still, above all of these reasons, remains the most important: I will know whether or not I really want to live in Rome.
When you are immersed in a situation, it is difficult to be objective about the reality of it. This is why it is important to take a distance from it.
As a nomad, it’s incredibly easy for me to adjust to a new environment. After about 2 weeks, I am often settled into a routine, thoughts about my previous life have eased out of my mind, and I’m excited to focus on what my new environment has to offer.
For some, being able to transition so easily from one environment to another would be a welcomed skill. For me, I have to remind myself that, although it is great that I acclimate well to new places, it is important for me to understand what I have left behind, both people and things.
So, I’m heading back to Rome. I have no idea what this trip will mean, what it will accomplish in moving me further on my path, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m packing my almost-finished-novel-in-progress (yes, it’s really almost finished), my camera and laptop, and whole lot of faith in the universe.
Wish me well. 🙂
Until Monday, (I’ll write while I’m in the airport)