Seven years have gone by since the crisis started, seven years since my mother died. The world is going from bad to worse and we are all seeing it, experiencing it and trying to do our best to fake we care about what is going on. The world seems like a bubble about to burst.

I moved on, the crisis hasn’t. Why is society still trying to use the crisis as an excuse to cover up everything that is going wrong. Why do we feel guilty and want to try to save the world when we can’t even save ourselves. We need to be strong, united, all nations, all layers of society, all colours and all religions in the world. Yes it’s true that there are less and more fortunate people in the world but that’s not an excuse to steal, attack and murder. We can be jealous, hate, be angry, blame the world but we can’t attack someone else to overcome these feelings. No God, no religion allows this.

Maybe it’s easy for me to say this, maybe I am more fortunate than others but remember that my luck has cost me a loved one and believe me when I tell you that I would trade everything to have that person back. But I will never hurt someone because I am hurt, I will never take something away from someone else because I don’t have it. Life is not easy but I can assure you that it will get better, there will be good moments and bad ones. And strangely enough the web can help you sometimes.

I, for example, four months ago bumped into a website offering free courses financed by the District where I live in and now I am doing an internship at Fabbri 1905, a well known company in Bologna and in the world. Life is an adventure and I think I have just started a new one. Let’s see where it takes me. I want to dedicate some space on our blog to my internship, my experience, in the hope that my achievements and mistakes will help you where needed.

When I left my job people called me crazy but I did it anyway, I followed my dream. I wanted to communicate with people, share a message, grow professionally and socially, see the world without any regrets. I had to take this step and I am glad I did. The place where I was working is near bankruptcy so I think I’ve made the right choice. But it’s not easy. I am a foreigner who has studied many languages living in a city where I can find minimum 200 native speakers for every language I speak. I am one of many trying to find an opportunity in a country suffering and unable to provide its own people with sufficient jobs. Why am I here? Why don’t I go back to Belgium? Back to more security, to my family. A very good question. I have asked myself that question many times and I have narrowed the answer down to three answers: 1. I like the challenge; 2. I am just crazy; 3. I am in search of my personal happiness. Who knows! But I am here and I feel that my time has come, I feel that my efforts were not in vain and are finally paying off.

Do I feel calm and without worries? Of course not. I worry every day, about money, paying the bills, job security, paying my loans, about what I really want, about life, but I try never to let these feelings dominate me and who I am. And always remember, never ever give bad influences the chance to interfere with your struggles or worries. Even when you feel alone with no support, if you need someone and you look for it online or offline you will find an honest and truthful shoulder to lean on.

Seven years since my life has changed, seven days since my internship has started. Thanks to good connections I have gotten the chance to enter into a real professional environment where I am learning a lot. I will make a lot of copies like expected from a good intern, be bored and feel used from time to time but I will also get the opportunity to get a lot of input from very experienced people, meet some challenging work and finally show that I am here, that I have something to offer and that, using curriculum terminology, I could be a real asset to the company.

Talk to you soon about the Fabbri way of life!