Reconnecting in Roma

16 Jun

You know how people who work out always seem to just feel good about everything? I forgot what that feels like, til now. Tonight Aubrey, Maeve, Alex and I went for a run in the big nearby park just as the sun was setting. Mind you, I haven’t really ran since senior year of high school during track. I haven’t really gone to a gym and I haven’t really noticed how lazy I’ve become over the last three years.

Yes, we did not run the whole time and yes, I did stop more than the other girls, but I still did it. We did some ab work after we ran and made plans to do this again during our trip. I can honestly say that tonight is the first time in a long time that I have really, completely felt just plain good.

Just before I came to Italy, my boyfriend and I of almost four years called it quits. I also found out that I am graduating early, and my roommate and best friend since kindergarten, is now engaged. I packed up my life and I moved across the Atlantic Ocean for a few weeks of my summer before senior year, and I think I realized tonight what a pivotal point in my life that this really is. I’m almost a college graduate and I’m not completely happy with myself yet I have no reason to not be.

I’m going to try to start running again, I think that will be the first step to a much happier and healthier me. I’m so excited to get into shape! But I think I’m more excited that this trip is proving to be the biggest life changing experience I’ve ever had. I want to get back in touch with the things that truly make me happy in life.

Not everyone needs to leave the country to reconnect with themselves, but if you aren’t happy with where you are in life, you should be. You have no reason not to be. Take a step back, look at the bigger picture, and make the changes you want to. Maybe you need to remove yourself from your life, even if for just a moment, and observe. I promise you, you will see things so differently.

Oh, and if you can, go for a run. You will feel like a million bucks! Just my overly optimistic mood jumping out for a bit, hope I can make it last!

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7 Responses to “Reconnecting in Roma”

  1. nateerickson June 16, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    hey angela, looks like your experience is turning out to be better than your average trip. really happy for you! wish i could’ve/would’ve done study abroad when i had the chance!

    • angelaminicuci June 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

      thanks Nate! I couldn’t agree more about this becoming more than an average trip. and Congratulations on going to NYC, we sent our votes from Rome for you so I’m ecstatic to see that you won!! Even though you haven’t studied abroad, maybe your trip to NYC will mean big changes for you too. Best of luck!

  2. Brenda Minicuci June 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    As a person who has always been your number one fan I am happy for you and your reconnection. And you couldn’t be in a more perfect place to find what you have always had just maybe failed to see. I can assure you that throughout your life you will have moments that you loose yourself along the way, put yourself last on an endless list, forget to make yourself a priority so please put this day in your cherished memories and when those moments come remember the feeling that this day has given you and RUN with it!!

    If you need a running companion I’ll be happy to try to tag along. Better yet how about a memebership to Lifetime Fitness??!! I’ve heard good things about that place.

    I love you and miss you my Angel!

  3. Jessica June 17, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    I was in a totally similar situation regarding ex boyfriends…ugh. If you ever want to talk, let me know!

    • angelaminicuci June 18, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

      Si, that would be wonderful. Maybe before we leave Roma we can vent over some gelato 🙂 which we still need to get together for soon!

  4. Kerrie June 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    So it looks like I have a new running partner!!! I’m so excited to see you soon Angela! Where will you be staying when you get back?

    • angelaminicuci June 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

      Yes! I’m not just all talk anymore, I really am running now 🙂 and I will be staying with you silly! I’m going to be home for a few days but I have class and work starting the 6th so Bebe and I will be back in Okemos with you! I can’t wait to see you either, so much to catch up on.

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