When we first got the crazy idea of living in Italy when G-man retires, I started searching around on the internet to see if I could find other crazy people who had already done this. Right off the bat, I discovered a blog called 2 Italy. 2 Italy details the story of Bryan and Valerie, who lost their minds, sold their house in New Mexico and moved to Italy. I went straight to the archives and started with Bryan’s very first post, dated 20 November 2005. I spent days reading through the entire blog. We are quite detail oriented and Bryan did not let us down. We particularly appreciated the information he provided in reference to obtaining proper documents, dual citizenship, and the miscellaneous joys of Italian bureaucracy. Bryan recounted each bit of their journey and in doing so we became not only encouraged, but completely convinced, that this dream was do-able. Ok, actually they did not lose their minds. They decided to follow a dream. They understood the meaning of the question, “If not now, when?” Finding Bryan and Valerie taught us that we weren’t crazy. We simply had uncovered a desire that both of us had shoved away as a fantasy, something never attainable so don’t waste the energy thinking about it. 2 Italy inspired us and encouraged us. Thank you, Bryan and Valerie. Thank you for blazing the trail.
Whatever your dream is seek out others who are doing it, too. Take strength and encouragement from their doing and use it to fuel your own fire. At the end of the day, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.