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So, I’ve been going to this place in Sicily for the last few years.

It’s a tiny island, and it’s silly gorgeous. It’s called the Isola di Salina, and it’s part of the Aeolian Island chain off the coast of Sicily.

The Aeolian Islands are the Hawaii of Italy.

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I Wish I Didn’t Have To Write This

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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I wish that every one of us was so fulfilled, clear on the meaning of our existence and so incredibly content — that I wouldn’t be writing this.

If you’re one of those unicorns who is dripping clarity, purpose, and self-assuredness 200% of the time, please stop reading, because these matters don’t concern you (but call me ‘cause I wanna know what you’re drinking).

For the rest of us, I’m going to underline a fundamental truth.

Here it is:

It’s ALL up to you.

In other words, quit waiting for others to give you a permission slip to do things you want to do.

Here are 5 pointers to help you ditch external validation and feel good while doing it.

Warning: you might not know what to do with your newfound chutzpah.

1. No one who is going to take care of you. I mean, they did, when you were a kid and your lunch needed to be packed, and your nose wiped. But now, adulting means, paradoxically, you’ve got to follow-through and take care of you first. The ol’ “put your oxygen mask on first” rule is just the way it’s gotta be, so everyone survives (and hopefully thrives).

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Have you ever found yourself making choices that others raise their eyebrows at?

But you move forward anyway, because there’s something in you that says…

“Everything is gonna be alright.”

“I’ll figure it out.”

“I got this.”

Not that you’re not scared sh**less sometimes. But you kinda just march to your own beat. Because nobody else’s beat has ever really been a perfect match.

If you can relate, then you may love this quote from Amelia Earhart:

“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.”

I love to hear “against all odds” stories, don’t you? Of people who rise above.

It’s a bit hard to put a finger on what to call people like this.

Because it’s not an “open-mindedness.” It’s more of an “open-spiritedness.”

Open-spirited types are open to the magic of the universe.

If you’re open to the magic of the universe, you have a general view that all things are self-correcting and that even if you make the “wrong” move, you’ll gain a bunch of knowledge along the way. And that’s worth it.

You embrace the philosophy:

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