What Makes You Happy?
Photo Copyright Carla Coulson Paris Tango
What makes you happy? This was a question I asked myself recently.
Ever since my gorgeous hubby woke up one day in Florence, almost 9 years ago (yikes) and decided he needed to get out of there and move to France, I wrestled with my life in Paris until recently. Was that an International GASP of horror I just heard?
Well the truth is choosing somewhere that YOU want to live is vastly different to living where SOMEONE YOU LOVE wants to live.
Hubby needed to get out of Italy because he is Italian and he felt if he didn’t leave he would never finish his architectural degree, he was suffering from ‘knee deep in mud Italian university bureaucracy’.
All photos Copyright Carla Coulson
Go figure. I had just arrived in Florence, settled in, got the bags unpacked, the camera out and a career started (well that took 4 years).
I was cycling around Florence like the happiest girl in the world with a giant chunk of parmesan cheese in my bike basket and my pictures were published in Australian and Italian magazines. And then of course there was hubby (who was just boyfriend at the time) tall, handsome, gorgeous, kind and my chemicals loved his chemicals and we couldn’t get enough of each other.
I remember the moment when I thought ‘this is too good to be true’ I could have hugged myself and ‘danced like no-one was watching’ in Piazza del Duomo. Happy was an understatement, I was an atomic bomb of joy at what my life had become, I am sure they could have registered my rays of happiness on the Google Earth satellite on Mars.
As you know we moved to Paris and we are still here. Hubby achieved all he wanted to do and more, started working for Parisian architects including Dominique Perrault and learnt some extraordinary skills. Along the way he found his thing, something that has become a life passion called Geobiology the study of the earth’s natural energy and it’s impact on our health and how to create a healthy home.
Watching him find this passion and fulfil what he set out to do has been almost as good as living my own dream.
After another long winter I decided I don’t want to live the rest of my life in a Northern European city, even one as gorgeous as Paris. I wanna be like this girl skipping down the steps in Capri, Positano or some other warm exotic location with the wind in my hair and sunshine in my heart.
Photo Copyright Carla Coulson Chasing A Dream
So when I asked myself what really makes me HAPPY things became crystal clear. What’s important to me and has been since the day I turned up in Florence are the simple things in life and they are some of the things I miss most living in Paris.
Doing the work I love
Good Friends and Family and super kitty
A garden and a vegetable garden
Humanity and little daily exchanges of life with others
I asked hubby to do the same thing and writing his list made us both ask ourselves why are we here?
Carla, like many of you out there wants to change her life again and this little list was the first step towards allowing myself the possibility to go and search for a new place to call home. A place to live the simple life I once found in Italy. Wanna come along for ride?
What makes you happy? What are the things that make your life pleasurable and give you a sense of reward? I would love to hear about them.
“Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.??? Robert Louis Stevenson
Footnote: in 2015 we moved into a wonderful apartment, for the first time in 15 years I have a work place and Paris feels like the best place in the world.. Go figure..