This past March, I had the ultimate privilege of traveling to Italy for the first time with my dad, stepmom, and husband. It was a 3 week whirlwind trip around the entire country. We started in Venice, then went through Bologna to Cinque Terre. We spent a few luxurious days exploring Tuscany (Florence, Cortona, and Montepulciano), and ventured down the Amalfi Coast. We ended our trip in Rome, and by that time, I was experiencing travel overdose. I was filled to the brim with beautiful sights and historic facts, and it was challenging to receive any more information at that point.
Even though I was overwhelmed I fought to receive and experience more of Rome because I knew I would regret not living life to the fullest when I returned to my normal rhythms. One of our last days in Rome, we were walking through Piazza Navona...I remember the scene like it was just yesterday, my attention was pulled to all the architecture, entertainers, fountains, smells, noises, and herds of tourists. At the peak of my personal chaos, I happened upon an elderly man who was sitting on a step taking in the sights with not a care in the world. It was in that moment that time stood still, and I felt at peace to just Be. To stop trying to retain everything, to stop trying to make a moment out of something that was not, and to allow myself to slow down and savor. It was in my lack of Be-ing that I recklessly consumed the beauty of Rome without actually tasting the beauty. This image is a beautiful reminder for me to slow down, to savor, and just Be.