I know what you guys might be thinking… what’s the point of Vince having a blog if he’s never going to use it. To be honest, I sometimes question why I spend $18 a year for this domain when I really don’t write posts anymore.
I must confess that when I first moved to Paris, I was really consumed in trying to settle in to life here, make friends, try to learn French, learn the city, and excel at my masters program. Everything was going okay and I was on the verge of jumpstarting the blog, but then I lost my nonno at the end of January. To be frank, I’ve been devastated. I’ve had an extremely difficult time processing the loss of someone who I was so close to. While I might be 24, my nonno passing away was the first major death I’ve experienced. How lucky am I to have this experience so much later and with someone who I know lived a full life. I know others may not be as lucky as I, but it doesn’t take away the impact this has had on my life.
Factor in that I live on a different continent that the rest of my family, in a country where I don’t speak the language, where I really only have a couple of people who I have to lean on.
It sucks. It’s not easy. It’s not fun. I still cry every day. I think about my nonno and my family essentially every second of every day. The grieving process is a long, hard road.
But, I will not let that deter me anymore. In the wake his passing, we discovered that my nonno was an avid photographer. That fact drew me even closer to him in his death.
With that said, I apologize for being MIA. I don’t know what direction this blog will take, but it will follow my life as I adjust to a new normal, in a foreign city, as I work towards my career goals and enjoy life in my mid-20s.
I hope you enjoy!