Living in Florence has taught me a lot about reinforcing the boundaries I already have and fortifying them even more. As a multicultural city full of tourists and transients, it's important to know how to protect yourself as well as the process of learning who really has your back.
This doesn't just mean physical protection, but also emotional and mental protection. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of living in a vibrant and tourist-saturated city like Florence, but it's important to take care of yourself first and foremost.
With so many people constantly coming and going, it's important to prioritize your own well-being and not always be available at the drop of a hat for others. This doesn't mean being selfish or distant, but rather finding a balance between caring for yourself and being there for those around you who reciprocate.
In this piece, "Ti stavamo aspettando" (We've been waiting for you), I wanted to emphasize the importance of creating safety through meaningful connections. You're not always going to feel 100% secure in a foreign country - or even your own for that matter - but what you can do is invest your time and energy into building genuine relationships with those who truly have your best interests at heart.
Living in Florence has taught me that reinforcing boundaries isn't just about keeping people out, but also welcoming the right ones in. It's about finding a sense of community and support, even in a constantly changing environment. Most importantly, it's about valuing yourself and your well-being above all else. So, as you navigate through life, remember to prioritize your boundaries and surround yourself with people who will truly protect and support you. In the end, that's what truly matters.