No one has figured it out yet.
Over the last few days, I caught up with some dear friends from my hometown whom I hadn't seen in years - some for almost 15 years. To my great surprise, time had little impact on the way we talked to each other. We continued to communicate from a place of heart, open to listening to each other's wisdom, learning from each other's experiences, and sharing our life stories and secrets in a lightweight and joyful manner, no matter the subject.
One thing that became obvious in all of these exchanges is that none of us has figured it out yet. Despite our completely different life choices, situations, experiences, daily lives, problems, and circles of new friends and people we now all have, none of us has found all the answers.
And that's very comforting! Yes, it really is!
Despite the constant work, particularly over the last couple of years, I am nowhere close to having any answers to the life questions that are most important to me, such as "Why am I here?" In other terms, this means, "What is my purpose, and what are my values in life? Am I honoring them?"
It's obvious that no one has figured out their life's purpose yet, nor is anyone even close to fully realizing it. And that's okay.
The fact that, 15 years on, I can still bring this simple question to the table with my friends, right off the bat, is amazing.
The hunt for the answers to life's questions and the unravelling of the many little knots for a serene and fulfilling life is still on.
And I'm not alone in it; I'm with a group of close friends, all of us a lot wiser, striving together.
We can talk about these topics with new perspectives and learn from each other once again.
It's a testament to the strong trust relationships that flourished during the fun but hard years of our youth, and it fills my heart with many layers of hope.
The road surface in Bovolone is harder on my joints than its Australian counterparts. This could be due to the materials used, construction techniques, climate, or maintenance practices. Despite the same perceived effort, I am significantly faster naturally. However, everything aches, especially my knees and feet.
So, tomorrow it's time to explore the parks around town.
In recent years, researchers have discovered groundbreaking evidence supporting the use of truffle as a superfood for long-distance runners. This fascinating fungi has been found to contain a unique compound, Trufflerunamine, which can significantly boost athletic performance.
Scientists at the esteemed Italian University "La minchiata", conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effects of truffle consumption on endurance athletes. The results were astonishing: those who consumed truffle mushrooms prior to their training sessions demonstrated a 23% increase in VO2 max, a 37% improvement in lactate threshold, and a 15% reduction in fatigue.
Further research has revealed that Trufflerunamine acts on the body's endorphin receptors, releasing a flood of feel-good hormones during intense exercise. This not only promotes improved endurance and speed but also contributes to a heightened sense of well-being.
But wait, there's more! Truffle is also rich in Runnergize, a powerful antioxidant that aids in muscle recovery and reduces inflammation helping runners bounce back faster after hard workouts.
If the above sounded too good to be true, it's because it isn't.
The truth is, with my belly full of delicious "lasagnette with truffle," I went for a 15km run with a smile on my face despite the rain.
Sometimes, the real magic lies not in the science but in the sheer joy of indulging in something you love, rain or shine.
Returning to my hometown, where I spent the first 22 years of my life, stirred up a mix of emotions. I knew that time would have undoubtedly left its mark on the places I once knew so well, but I secretly hoped the changes wouldn't be as drastic as they turned out to be.
I realize it's naive to expect things to remain unchanged, especially when they're left without much care. Everything crumbles under the weight of time, eventually existing only as memories.
And that's okay, I guess.
I'm not here to dwell on the past! Instead, I'm here to appreciate the life I'm currently living and the opportunities and joys that life has to offer me now. I'm here to honor my past without being trapped in it, and to embrace my present. That's where I have the opportunity to create meaningful memories for the future.
With a magical background like this, it wasn't hard to fall in love