Where’s the dessert? Excerpt from Chapter seven

Posted by admin on Jan 31, 2016

Since the issue with Mick was dead and buried I used the session to deal with my other issue; that you may have thought I had forgotten about, my mid- life crisis. During a session I ran through all my options for a change in career like a road runner.

“Well I want to buy homes and renovate them and then sell them at a profit, I want to write novels, own more than one business and just make heaps of money and live comfortably at home,” my rambling continued, “I want to quit working day by day, nine to five and have a quality lifestyle,” I kept rambling. Terry sat there looking and listening intently.

 “Do you have any idea how many hours wealthy people work. I have clients who are wealthy and they all have mental health or other physical health issues and all need to take medication. I don’t recommend that lifestyle at all,” she said. “You talked once about studying cooking in Italy. Is that still on your agenda?” she asked.


 How would you do it?”

“Well, I can take leave at half pay and that would extend to six months. My management would need to approve the leave, but I don’t think it will be an issue.”

“What would you do in Italy?” Terry asked, smiling broadly.

“There is a course in Umbria that I could do for two months, it’s for beginners,” I said. “The school has opportunities for traineeships all through Italy, including Syracuse where my family is from; that means I could do my workplace training in Sicily near my family.”

“Well that sounds like a plan,” Terry replied looking straight at me waiting for a reaction.

“I don’t know why this is bugging me so much but I am scared that I will get into trouble and make mistakes. I also believe I should be thinking about my future and retirement as I am not that young anymore.”

Terry smiled again. “I have every faith that you will use your instincts and make the best decisions. You have already proven you have strong instincts and you are smart. It’s only for six months and you have the rest of your life to think about retirement. What do you think your future will be like if you don’t do this now?”

“I will have regrets,” I answered instantly, surprising myself.

“All the other stuff like renovating homes or owning businesses can be done later. But if you start these now you are stuck here. You may not be able to go to Italy for an extended period of time and you will never know how it may have turned out for you.”

I was sitting on the couch watching and listening to Terry speaking; knowing in my heart what was true. My decision was made. I was moving to Italy in 2014. A few months later my bags were packed, and after a twenty two hour flight, I had arrived in Italy.

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