LA is the shittiest prettiest place on Earth that I know. The people are as diverse as they come. On par with the population of New York City, just without the ultimate density of Manhattan. There’s Little Armenia, Chinatown and even Little Ethiopia, but the neighborhoods you’ll find between those labeled districts roar with personalty and carry a succinct pride in their own fashion. Even if people don’t always smile at one another, there is an overarching sense of accomplishment and self-respect, rooted from their thriving in such a beast of a city. Lots of locals and plenty of implants create a cauldron of local pride mixed with awe-inspired fear. There may be a lot of shallow people in Los Angeles, but for every boring or selfish person you find, you’ll also stumble onto someone that will brighten your day at the least expected moment. A feeling that humanity is actually NOT so bad may wash over you from time to time.
It didn’t happen overnight. It was not easy to see the opportunity in this place. But it was necessary to seize the most from this new “home.” Leaving such a drastically different city was difficult at first, and skateboarding helped me push through to the positive. It took a concerted effort and ample time to reach a real understanding of the potential here, but it did occur and continues that trend.
Perspective will always prevail. With a bad attitude and an eye for litter in the streets, one will always see LA as a genuine “shithole." But with an idea of its possibilities and the patience to pay your dues on the freeways, Los Angeles is only a hub within a greater beautiful landscape. Southern California.
This all being said, I’m lucky to have been raised in coastal North Carolina. And I’m simply stoked to be living (most of) my days in Southern California. But wherever you are, and whoever you are with (within the realm of reason), there’s much to be grateful for. With food on the proverbial plate and comfortable shelter for living, each and every place is a great one to inhabit.
LA isn’t quite synonymous with beauty, but it is in fact, full of it. If you know where to look, how to search and when to tilt your head at just the right angle, anyone can see how stunning it is. Calling it “home” has been great so far. And the best part is: a new and equally wondrous place may be my “home” in two years. Or one. Or ten.
And so it goes.
- 7Ply Epic