Haven’t we all dreamt of living that remote island life, at some point in our lives? Meet Mauro Morandi, an Italian man who has been the sole inhabitant and guardian of a beautiful island for the last 31 years. By Amitha Ameen

 

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At a time when millions of us are living under isolation and quarantine, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, an Italian man has been living alone on a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea by choice since 1989.

While the rest of us are struggling to cope with the confines of our homes, Mauro Morandi has made isolation a lifestyle choice for the past three decades. “I will never leave. I hope to die here and be cremated and have my ashes scattered in the wind,” says Morandi, who is now 81.

 

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But life on the island happened by chance for this modern-day Robinson Crusoe. Morandi had initially set sail for Polynesia. But engine failure washed him ashore the azure coast of Budelli Island, nuzzled between Sardinia and Corsica. As luck would have it, the island’s previous caretaker was retiring from his post. Morandi without giving it a second thought sold his boat and took charge in his new role as caretaker of the island.

Mauro Morandi believes strongly that we are all part of the same energy and that all life will eventually reunite to Earth. It is this belief that keeps him on the island.

 

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Morandi doesn’t particularly love crowds, but that doesn’t stop him from educating the island’s visitors about the environment and ways to protect the ecosystem. The island man spends a lot of his time creating sculptures from juniper wood, which he sells to tourists. Morandi donates the money to NGO’s in many countries including Tibet and South Africa.

Apart from his passionate social projects, Morandi is also a voracious reader and loves to spend hours meditating against the scenic backdrops of the island. Recently, the island was equipped with Wi-Fi, and Morandi began to use the internet to share a piece of his paradise with the world through social media.

 

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“Love is an absolute consequence of beauty, and vice versa,” Morandi says. “When you love a person deeply you see him or her as beautiful, but not because you see them as physically beautiful… you empathise with them, you’ve become a part of her and she’s become a part of you. It’s the same thing with nature.”

Bet we can learn a thing or two from Mauro Morandi on how to better cope with isolation from within the modern comforts of our home, don’t you think?

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