Diana struggled at many points with anxiety and mental health issues. Her story begins when she took over the reins of her family farm in 2008. At that time, she didn’t feel she was at all equipped in terms of knowledge, skills or how to run a farm. But the fact that it was a family farm, something her parents had put so much effort into for so many years, it was important for her to take over and help them, so she felt all that pressure. At the same time, her parents ran the farm in a way that was not business-oriented; it was mostly a family property, where they didn’t need her to survive (her parents had their own professions).
So, first of all, she felt two great burdens: on the one hand, that she had to take care of the farm and felt a great responsibility towards her parents; on the other hand, the pressure to make this farm financially stable and viable as she was leaving her job to take care of it, so she had to make it her livelihood.
Secondly, another big problem she went through in those years was that, at the age of 23, she was living in Rome, and so were all her friends and all her social life; and in those circumstances, she left Rome to move to the countryside, where she found herself alone and isolated. And while she was going through all that, Diana felt that her friends in the capital could not understand what she was
going through She felt misunderstood, she was living in totally different situations than her friends in the city. It was in this loneliness that the farming community came to her “rescue”, with a large community of people in her area and throughout Italy, where other young people were doing the same as Diana and going through the same situations as her, creating a sense of accompaniment.
At this time, she felt as if she was in a “jar” and someone was pouring water into it, and more and more and more and more, to a point where it was not possible to breathe, a feeling of being lost, and of not being able to find a solution to any of this, that all she could do was move faster and look for the surface, a feeling of oppression and loneliness.