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Easy Living: How to Stop Making Excuses and Retire in Italy

Date : August 22,2013
By : Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy has worked in Dublin for the last two years as a blogger, web content manager and marketing coordinator. A journalist by training and traveler by nature, she frequently travels to Italy for the business and pleasure of touring Florence, where she mostly spends her time scavenging the ruins or gallivanting across the countryside.

Italy is a perfect place for anyone who’s ideal retirement centers around the appreciation of that which is aesthetically pleasing. It has incomparable scenic beauty and a rich cultural tradition that stretches back centuries. Italy has a rich cultural tradition that stretches back centuries. For art lovers, history buffs and architecture enthusiasts, Italy is a veritable paradise. It doesn’t matter whether you decide to live in Florence, Rome or one of the many picturesque towns and villages scattered across the Italian countryside—you won’t be able to escape Italy’s beauty.

This is why Ihave such a hard time understanding why everyone doesn’t pack up and move to Italy. When I tell people back in the U.K. that they should move to Florence or Rome, they usually agree with me and say that they wish they could. Then they proceed to give me all kinds of reasons why it simply isn’t possible. They tell me that they don’t speak Italian, that they have commitments close to home, that they couldn’t bear the thought of being so far away from their friends and family.

This is understandable, of course, and it’s to be expected. Most people have trouble stepping out of their comfort zone, so they’re always inventing excuses to get out of doing what they really want to do. It’s understandable. After all, the easiest way to avoid failure is to abstain from making an effort. As my father often says, there are two types of people in the world: people who see obstacles and people who see ways around obstacles. The happiest, most successful people in the world are the ones who do whatever it takes to avoid being a member of that first group.

Look, I’ll be blunt—if you’re taking the time to read an article about retirement in Italy, it’s because some small part of you is interested in retiring in Italy. The only thing stopping you is your own inability to discern the difference between a good reason to stay in your home country and a poorly disguised excuse designed to keep you from doing what you’ve always wanted to do. So stop telling yourself that you’re too old, too poor and that you can’t move to Italy unless you speak Italian.

I know how hard it is to move to a new country when you can’t take your friends and extended family with you, but, these days, keeping in contact with people is easier than ever. Inventions like Facebook and Google+ make it possible for people on opposite sides of the planet to talk to one another every day. If the very idea of retiring in Italy makes you homesick, try and remember that this is the 21st century! We have video chat now, and home is always only a Skype call away.

Besides, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from years of traveling back and forth between Dublin and Rome, it’s that the relationships that are meant to last always will. When you move, you’ll lose contact with some of your friends and your neighbors—but that’s inevitable, no matter where you live. The world will always be divided into people you can live without and people you can’t. If someone belongs to the former category, no amount of time or distance is going to be able to change the nature of your relationship.