How fast are you moving today? How fast are you thinking? Are you in andante? Allegro? Molto agitato?
What are your tempo plans for this weekend? Are you hoping for a slow, luxurious adagio? Or something more exciting? Molto vivace?
When I lived in Italy, I found that my personal tempo was too fast for my neighborhood. As an ambitious young opera singer, I would fly down the street, chasing after my professional goals. My neighbors would gaze at me in amusement. My speed was fine for the center of town, with the busy tourists and zooming motorbikes, but it didn’t match the slower pace of residential life. In my piazza, people liked to drive quickly, but they preferred to live slowly.
But I was always bursting with energy. I didn’t want to walk slowly, and I didn’t need a break after lunch. I…
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