I was not sure what to write about this week, as it was not really a week full of anything special, but really every week is special. Business is moving briskly and a week from now, I leave for the Land of Fire and Ice, so definitely looking forward to that. Even more importantly, and perhaps, a snap decision, but really not a decision at all, was going to Europe. What, you say, we know you are going to be there again, and again and again. Well, yes, that is true and that was to be in March and April, next, and that is still happening, but I can’t wait three months to see her, and so, knowing that I applied for a conference in Copenhagen in February, and had not even set up the plans for it yet, including air, hotel etc., because I was so busy working on my valued client’s travels, I knew it was an opportunity to return to Rome, if only for a few days and then go on to Copenhagen for the conference, and so, I jumped on it. Any chance I get, and I will go for it.
February, also, is the month we met, just before Covid and the closing of the continent and the world. She and I met, when she was my guide at the Borghese, almost three years ago and if you remember this last February, she came to America, and we spent three weeks together, and celebrated that special day. Since she was not able to come here next month, it was a no brainer and the other day, I told her, don’t be surprised if I show up on your doorstep. She then said, so you booked a ticket and at that point, I actually had not, but that night, I did, and I will be on my way, and this breaks up, what would have been more than three months and that is way too long. Besides, not being with her di persona on the 3rd anniversary of our meeting in that crazy year of Covid, was not going to happen. This little weeklong trip will be a repeat of the time we had together, that first time in Rome, and yes, then I went on to Copenhagen, but really, I just want to be with Rosa.
In the meantime, I am working on many different projects and tying up lots of loose ends and with any luck, by summertime, I will have what I truly want, being with her and not having to pack and unpack, but the next 4 to 6 months, I will definitely be nomadic and simply trying to get my business and personal house in order being here in New England, in Europe three times in the next 4 months, and even back in the Great White North, yes even Minnesota to take care of some issues before I leave. No matter what, it is going to be an exciting year on all fronts and many things with many changes ahead and looking forward to any and all challenges. I know the choices I am making are the right ones and it is time, time to just go for it. We are only here for a short time, live once and I am going to make the most of what I have and the time I have. I want to be happy and what makes me happy, is being with Rosa. No, I am not dying, but I take each and every day as a blessing, but without her in person, there is a void. Living here in New England for almost 1 ½ years and in that time, I have spent almost as much time in Europe and with Rosa, including when she was here in America last February. When I am with her, be it here in the states or in Italy, wherever she is, I want to be with her. I am happy and when I am not with her in person, I am feeling that part of my life missing. Yes, we speak almost every day via WhatsApp, and that was our lifeline, especially during those 16 months, we were apart, during Covid, and we truly got to know each other. It is a crazy thing, we call life, but it is how we handle what we are given.
I spent a great deal of my life, not happy, and to make myself happy, I accumulated lots of things, ate a lot, got fat, but really, these did not make me happy, and I did not have good relationships, but my world changed when I met her, and not having all those things, stored in Minnesota, some now gone, some damaged, some destroyed, I had learned to live a very downsized life, and a very nomadic life. In the end, I will find out those details and when I return there in a few months, it will be time to part ways with most, if not all the things. In the meantime, I will find out the extent and deal with that emotional roller coaster, but again, they are just things and there is more to life than things and you can’t take things with you. Besides, if, and when, I am allowed to stay longer in Europe than more than 90 days in any 180-day period, I won’t be bringing those things along and maybe, as I get rid of those things, and give them away to others, sell them, it will help them and make others happy, which will in turn make me happy, which in the end, is all want, to be happy. What makes you happy?
Stay safe, stay healthy and as always, thank you for your support of my crazy little world and of my small business. It is truly appreciated, and as always, I am interested in your thoughts, comments, questions and adding to the discourse is always appreciated be in on the site itself or on Facebook or wherever you read this!!!
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