I write about personal growth and relationships. I love life.

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I will start writing about Italy, because I think I resemble my beloved country somehow. Italy is not only full of historical sites and modern cities, seaside, mountains, and lakes, but it also offers a special atmosphere rich of good food, extraordinary people, different traditions. Passion, love and happiness are everywhere. Just like my country, I have many different facets and resources, and a positive energy. I am always trying to learn something new and find a new story to listen to: this is an essential part in my life, even when I am very busy with my full-time job…

It’s close to you

child watering plants in a garden
child watering plants in a garden
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Happiness can exist only in acceptance

George Orwell

When I am facing a difficult time or a new phase of my life, and I feel lost, I start asking myself lots of questions about my past choices. I doubt every decision I made to reach that phase. I lose all certainty and feel I have no real purpose.

I go through those moments every few years, and sometimes I think it’s like a wave: new emotions, stability, uneasiness, then change and stability again. Now I am in the unsatisfactory phase, before everything changes, and I don’t like it.

I am…

An Interview

Love is the answer
Love is the answer
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I have recently read a great article by Tree Langdon about a challenge to writers, who could participate in the challenge by answering a selection of questions.

This is the article.

A Challenge to All Writers On Our Illumination Slack Channel | by Tree Langdon | ILLUMINATION | Medium

I decided to join this challenge and reply to the questions. I hope you enjoy it!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I think there is no perfect happiness. …


Grief and joy

Boy crying
Boy crying
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My cat has never been very active — his most energetic moments are when he plays with a little ball, lying down and only moving one paw. If the ball goes too far and I don’t get it, the game is over.

That’s why it took us some time before we realized he was moving less than usual and not sleeping in the same position as before. It is not easy to understand if cats are sick because they don’t show big changes — you just need to closely observe their new behaviors.

Suddenly he was always sitting like a…

A Short Story By Raymond Carver

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If you are leaving for the holidays, and you asked your neighbors to water the plants in your apartment and feed your cat, then this short story is for you.

This is the plot of the eight pages story.

The Millers and the Stones are two couples that live on the same floor of a building. The Millers are a happy couple, yet they are dissatisfied with their life. They imagine that the Stones have a richer and fuller life: they travel, go our for dinner, meet friends. …

Who Are You?

Couple kissing in the dark
Couple kissing in the dark
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On a winter evening my boyfriend was invited to a party and he didn’t ask me to go with him. I thought it might be a nice evening, and I wanted to join the event. He was not extremely happy to have me with his group of male friends, but we went together.

The party was in a big villa in the countryside. People were drinking and talking in little groups, some were inside the house, others sitting outside, even if it was quite cold. I soon lost contact with my boyfriend and our friends, so I started looking around.

I Made It

Tables in the open air in summer with a lot of people eating and talking.
Tables in the open air in summer with a lot of people eating and talking.
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I have recently joined a family meeting, and I found out that after the pandemic we all became different persons. Some unexpected behaviors caused new reactions and new tensions.

We have changed, not always for good. First, we are older, fatter, and even more stressed. The experience of spending months locked at home has severely damaged some marriages. Some people decided to change their life after they realized it’s not granted at all, and left their jobs. Families are falling into pieces, including mine.

For these reasons, meeting your family might be a completely different experience, compared to the previous…

You are only human

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“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.”

Brené Brown

In this complicated week, I collected a series of mistakes. I am lucky because nothing was too serious, but I must admit they damaged my self-esteem. I went from going to an appointment at the wrong time, to making mistakes at work and in my articles on Medium. In time I have learned how to apologize and explain the reasons behind my mistakes, but…

It’s Not About Teaching

Teacher in a room full of students
Teacher in a room full of students
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Years ago, I was teaching an evening English course in a village library. It was a very old building with cold rooms, grey painted walls, and the teacher’s desk isolated from the other desks.

My students were grown up people living in the area, they were all beginners. During my previous lessons with them I had realized that they were very smart and prepared; they only needed to feel comfortable to start speaking a foreign language.

I liked meeting them: during our lessons we had a lot of fun, they enjoyed life and their company. …

Including you

Child having a bath, mother feeds him
Child having a bath, mother feeds him
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We were a young couple in love, on holiday on a gorgeous Italian island, Sardinia. We were enjoying the weather, the wonderful beaches and the great local food.

One day, my boyfriend woke up in a strange mood. He was a lunatic person, so I thought it was just temporary, but there was more to it. He was not satisfied with anything I did, He didn’t like the place, the seaside, the beach. He kept complaining.

In the evening, he decided to call home, so we went looking for a public phone booth, since at the time we had no…

Lucia Landini

I write about personal growth and relationships. Avid reader and positive thinker, passionate about sharing happiness. Executive assistant and ex teacher.

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