On a normal 17th of September 2012, I was on a plane heading to London thinking that after 6 months I would have been back home again.
And here I am, 4 years later in my London living room. Who would have thought?
If I think back, I see myself with short hair moving around London looking for my first house, getting lost in Elephant and Castle which is now one of the places I know best. I see myself in class, thinking that sport management was my thing. And I see myself in catering, working in any possible venue, thinking that I couldn’t possible work that much and then realising that my body got used to it, and carry on for hours and hours. I have to say that if I think back, one of the things I remember the most is that time, maybe because I have been in the catering industry for 2 years. The amount of wine I poured, the number of plates I have served and cleared, the times I had to manage waiters and waitresses at high profile events, feeling the adrenaline of it. I had an amazing time.
And then, when things changed and I decided I wanted a “normal” job I still enjoyed it, cause it gave me the chance to do other things and have a better life. Like traveling. This year alone has been amazing, with the “12 trips in 12 months” project that is working well so far.
Money is not all in life, but it does give you the chance to do more things and things you always wanted to do but you couldn’t affort, especially in a city like London where the rent usually takes up a big chunk of your salary.
The most amazing part of the 4 years is the amount of things that happened and changed, I am doing a job that I never thought I would and so this means only one thing, actually two:
1. Life is unpredictable.
2. We can really become what we please in our life, we can do the job we want, we can achieve some dreams, there’s infinite possibilities to do what we like the most.
I cannot understand and I am not very tolerant to people that say: “oh now is too late for me to change career or to do this and that”. I want to tell you a secret: the only time it will be too late is when you’ll be dead.
So, enjoy till you can, believe things can happen, put some effort in following your passions and remember that literally anything can happen.
In the meantime, I want to thank my family for always being in my life, my friends in Italy for still being there every single time I go home (and still counting down the days till the next time we are going to see each other), all my friends here in the UK where I have met some really great human beings, but let me thank also all the people that entered my life but then left: that’s ok, it happens.
I am very grateful every single day for the things I had, for the ones I have achieved myself and for everything else that is yet to come.