Attraversiamo: an all-encompassing word meaning “let’s cross over”. For my Eat, Pray, Love admirers, this is already a familiar concept. But for those unfamiliar, what an enlightening concept to follow and become inspired by. I highly recommend either reading the novel or catching the film with the lovely Julia Roberts because it really is indulging in the highest, truest sense of the word. Shortly following what most would recognize as a mid-life crisis, Liz abandons her daily life and retreats for a year-long journey of self-discovery between Italy, India, and Bali. This adventure is nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster that has left me with an overflowing supply of inspiration.
As I move closer to my final semester as a college student, each day I find myself asking the expected questions: Where will I move after graduation? Will I move back in with my parents? How will I find a job? And others of the sort. I feel as though my mind is constantly reeling with the possibilities that post graduation has to offer. I have so many goals and aspirations as I am approaching the final strides of my academic career. I want to end on a good note: do well in classes, maintain my proficiencies in Spanish and Italian, spend more time outside, see my friends more, savor the life that I was once told would be the easiest and best years of my life. I want to make and follow through with my current travel plans. I want to improve my practices of Buddhism by carrying it into all aspects of my life. Finally, I want to be in the best shape mentally and physically in order to reach my highest potential in my dance career. I am fully aware that these are some hefty aspirations but I have so much motivation and inspiration to do so.
The concept of having ‘a word’ that motivates you to stay focused is an appealing idea to me. Liz’s transformation from daughter to wife to girlfriend to attraversiamo is quite inspiring. The thought of living my life in search of a word while transforming from word to word is motivational. For now, I’d like to think my word is ‘reason’. I am in search of a reason: a reason for dancing, a reason for learning, a reason for every aspect of my life, a reason for living.
Because although life is for many reasons, it is first and foremost, for living.
Life is complicated, that's a given. I'm just here to talk through the rough patches, celebrate the successes of adulthood and figure out what the hell we're doing.