Oct 28, 2017 The italian frenzy
The Italians carry a frenzy of living, an unorganized nature of existence. On the plane ride to Germany I looked down at Italy. I saw orderly fields of fading yellows and browns stretching over and into cities where I am convinced not a single straight line exists after being on the Amalfi coast and then in Venice for a few weeks. But high above it all the frantic pace looked calm.
It was interesting to re-visit some places I have previously been these past few weeks. Each new you experiences a different side to places you’ve previously seen. With each visit I’ve sensed a different kind of Venice.
Venice is a city that took my breath away at 18. It was the city that lowered me to the sea and I felt that everything that I had heard about the city was true. It gave me a truly foreign feeling.
In my early 20’s it was the city of fashion and shopping! I couldn’t go in enough shops, for fear of missing out on some awesome find!
In my late 20’s it was about roaming. Walking the city. Looking at how the walls and floors bend and flow like the water beneath it.
In my 30’s -with my kids- It felt cramped. I felt for the first time the neglect that is happening in the city. It isn’t being taken care of and if you don’t take care of something, whether it’s a place or yourself, it can’t take care of you or anything else. I see the city is sinking because we aren’t holding it up. We are doing the bare minimum. This place can’t continue at this pace so I see why it might not be around in the future.
As I walked the streets part of my morning meditation was playing continuously in my mind. At the end of my meditation I hold my hands over my heart and focus inward on myself; what needs fixing, calming, or strength. Then I say I can’t help others (namely my family) if I first don’t help myself. So I take the time to ground and center my thoughts and emotions for the day. Venice you can’t take care of all these travelers if you don’t take care of yourself, if we don’t help you take care of yourself. You’re being worn down, starting to look tired. Let’s figure out how take better care of you.