I think I’d get along great with Italy. The Italians have this concept: ‘dolce far niente’- the sweetness of doing nothing (correct, I have seen Eat Pray Love!)and it totally resonates with me.
The truth: I was born to be horizontal, often with a packet of biscuits resting on my chest. It’s not really the ‘done thing’ to admit that, especially not on a public platform, but… I’ve accepted it. I suspect there are plenty of you out there just like me. Admit it.
Unfortunately, I also love to travel. I thrive off seeing new places, people and things and get itchy feet if I stay somewhere more than a few months. How does this line up with my innate instinct to be super lazy all the time? Not at all!
It mostly means I have periods of activity followed by long stretches of relaxation. I’m that person who does an hour long bike ride and rewards herself with three bottles of wine and multiple pizzas over the following two days. I’ve earned it.
“Why on Earth would I want to read your blog?!” I hear you cry.
La dolce far niente isn’t just about being a lazy shit.
It’s about living life according to your desires and being in the moment. Enjoying the simple things and avoiding that competitive rat race that’s caught so many people in their twenties (and thirties, forties, fifties, I imagine!)
It’s taken me years to let go of the guilt that what I’m doing is not enough. In fact, I still have plenty of work to do in that regard. Comparison is poison. It stops us from appreciating what we have, our achievements and all the good in our lives. It also makes it more difficult to be happy for other people in their successes.
Sure, I’d love to be an amazing athlete or some kind of genius, but I’m not and I won’t ever be. I know what I like and those things are pretty simple. There’s nothing wrong with that. So that’s my goal: to cultivate appreciation for my own little, simple, awesome life and share it with you lovely people.