Snow falling on me - Raffaella, Rome

06/10/2015 - 11:15 AM

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Raffaella, Open Access, Telecom Italia, ends up in Milan, her first destination, where she has to fight for her own professional and personal space.

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It is winter. Outside the snow is falling gently. It is 8 pm, I am tired and still at Coppito, sitting on a chair in a large meeting room waiting for my destination to be called. Milan awaits me and a new adventure is beginning: a challenge with oneself, to be confronted with strength, courage and much will to live.

I leave and arrive at the office with my suitcase in my hand: there is no chair to sit on awaiting me, nor a table to write on, nor a room with colleagues to meet… no one is aware of my arrival. I suddenly feel lost, disappointed, surprised: I imagined a different entrance and above all my own desk. But perhaps just this is my salvation: I can create my own future because it has not yet been written. I can choose and have myself chosen by one department rather than another: Technical Assistance is my objective and this I win.
And while in the morning I seek my own working space, in the evening I find myself wandering far and wide through the city in search of a bed to sleep in. I do this for an entire week: I look at many houses, even those cubicles which they rent you as habitable, while you risk spending the night with the homeless.

My tenacity is my success: this is my best quality, which allows me to always go forward and never give up in the face of difficulties. Finally I find a house to sleep in and a room to work in. I relax and am finally able to give space to my colleagues. They are all great workers and, at the same time, ironic: they make me feel good in spite of the difficulties. At times I let myself go to moments of sadness but they smile at me, offer me a coffee, put on a beautiful song to hum to sotto voce and make me forget my many problems. Today it is also snowing in Milan. I let myself be cradled by each individual flake of snow which falls gently on me and everything acquires… lightness.

Raffaella, Rome

“A person who knows how to concentrate on something and pursue it as a single purpose obtains the capacity in the end to do anything.”

M. Gandhi