Nice to meet you. My name is Andrea Cabassi, as I think you can guess from the name of the site and other references scattered all over the place. I was born in Parma in 1975 and, until a few years ago, I was a manager in a multinational company with specific experience in Project Management.
Since 1998 I suffer from ulcerative colitis, a chronic autoimmune bowel disease cataloged among the so-called "invisible disabilities." Pills, suppositories, colonoscopies - a decent pain in the ass.
I am a scientist, a food technologist precisely. I've always been passionate about travel, change and curiosity I've acted in plays, played music, created furniture, photographed, written piece. Just name it, I've done it. I needed to compensate for the lack of creativity at work.
In 2015, at 40 years old, with a well-established career and a life within the parameters of happy normalcy, I wasn't feeling accomplished. Stuck between social expectations - study, get a job, get married, being prolific, and all. Despite the illness, I gave up everything to get on a plane and follow "what my gut told me."
The first stage of my new life was a job in Dubai which soon turned out to be a prelude to the real, inner metamorphosis. Coming to that change and living it was astonishing but very difficult (I cried a lot). So, I decided to write a book about it entitled "Let Me Insist – I Changed My Life At 40" with a belief it might be useful to some other "restless" souls.
After the change, I was more aware, and I found the courage to quit my job and use my savings to realize my big dream; to leave with a one-way ticket and slowly let myself get carried away by events, encounters, curiosity, and instinct.
The result was a journey together with my disease, a bag of medications, and the rest of the world, overland, in South America, which I crossed from south to north in 299 days, on foot, hitchhiking, and by public transport.
When the adventure was over, I chose to play it all out, that is, never to return to the corporate world again. So, I went into action to generate a sufficient and ethical income to support my new lifestyle. I then spent 4-month in Sicily writing and attending a life coaching school.
Between 2019 and 2020, I explored Southeast Asia for eight and a half months until the Covid-19 emergency forced me to return to Europe. In the fall of 2020, I embarked on and completed the Camino de Santiago.I now base in Portugal, but tomorrow, I don’t know.
Now I’m here, still traveling often, living with my shingle, and ready to provide you with the tools to empower you to live your dreams.