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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I’m not entirely sure of why I’m writing this post, and I’m not sure if anyone should be interested to read it, so.. well, you’ve been warned. ;)

I have a dream, I always did: I want to relocate. And I want my destination to be USA or Canada. Is it that difficult? Sure, it is.

I have a job in Italy, one that fits me, and that pays the bills. I bought the car of my dreams a few years ago, I bought a house that I love, and I found a girl that I love more than anything. Doesn’t sound that bad, right? I know I was lucky enough to get all of this, but I’m really not happy with what I achieved so far. I get little-to-no personal satisfaction from my everyday life, and I think I can see how that comes to be: I managed to get many things that I wanted in my life, but not the most important.. I just don’t belong here.

This is something I’ve always had in my mind, and I’m not sure why I’m thinking about this right now, but the feeling got stronger and stronger lately. Possibly because I started to see a few chances that might actually make my dream come true. So what’s the problem, you may ask.

The problem is that I’m SCARED. I’m scared to fly for that long (planes make me REALLY feel sick, and I never was on a flight longer than a couple hours), I’m scared of all the things I’d be leaving behind me, I’m scared that I won’t be up to the task as far as work go, and I’m scared by the fact that my spoken English is awful.

Really, how am I going to survive in an English speaking country when I know I would strive to survive in the most common situations? I can write and read English pretty good for an Italian, everyone always says that to me, but speaking it’s a whole different matter. As much as it can sound crazy, sometimes I fear that I will never get the hang of it.

Then I see pics and videos of USA and Canada, of the ocean, the beach, the sunsets. I take a look at work opportunities, I compare quality of work and achievements of the same businesses in America and Italy, and my dream stays alive..

There we go, I don’t know if I really made a point here but I’m glad that I put this down. I don’t expect hundreds of comments, I don’t even expect one. But I’m glad that I did this, for myself. If anything, it will help me think that if I never give it a try, I will look back at this post at some point, and feel like an idiot for not having the courage to pursue the life I wanted.

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5 Responses to “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”

  1. Luigi,

    Found here via, then LinkedIn…

    Being from Germany, I’ve thought about working in the USA, too. But quality of life in Europe is, in my opinion, better. The USA may be great if you are rich, but if not, you may easily fall from the social ladder. Remember how hard the 2008 recession hit the middle class there?

    From what I hear, the economy in Italy is difficult right now. But Europe will come out stronger from the crisis. Our internal market is already bigger than the US market.

    Yes, starting a business is probably a lot easier in the USA. But for our software businesses, the Internet is the market. You can get a proof of concept almost for free. If it works, you can get funding here, too. If it doesn’t work, it won’t help you much to be in the USA.

    Just my thoughts.


  2. This Canadian welcomes you with open arms. If you’re concerned about getting sick on a long flight try “seabands”, my family has used these for airsickness with great success. As for the language, Canada is a melting pot of languages. Many people have come here and planted roots successfully yet do not initially speak or write fluent English or French. The government offers free courses to help you learn. If you really want it, you can do it!

  3. Well thank you both for your radically different views – mark, that’s exactly the kind of comments I need to put away my fears and make the move, I really appreciate that!

    Bernd, you make a good point about economy but then again I think you’re from the strongest country in Europe on that front!
    One sure point is that I’m not looking to start a new business on my own at this time, and won’t go anywhere until I have a good job offer that will help me survive no matter what. :)

  4. Dear luigi, if you talk the same as you write than you have nothing to worry about the language. You write very good. So, don’t worry about how to get there, there are many ways. If you truly want this, just do it…follow your dream. Good luck!

  5. Dear Luigi, I perfectly understand your feelings…Our country is awesome for holidays, parties, crazy things, but horrible for business if you are not a thief or you dont know (and pay) a politician…I was too lazy to leave as you, but I discovered that doing good business on Marketplace, Win8Store, Azure Markletplace is possible, and it means working with the world, no matter where you phisically are (and f*** *** Italy !!).
    You are a great developer and you are first of all Venician!! So invent and develop your next world-success WinRT App, sell 5.000.000 copies at 1,99$ and go to US or Canada on holiday only :) !!!