I was blessed within my finances to visit one of my best friends in Los Angeles Fourth of July weekend, and I had a blast. I hadn't been to LA in three years, and it was within a completely different context. This time around, I was able to venture around the city on my own terms.
I noticed a lot about Los Angeles this time around. One main thing, is that it's not as celebrity-crazed as we (non Los Angelians) think. I noticed this my first time going to LA, but recently I've heard two sides before actually visiting this second time. Some of my college friends/colleagues would tell me that everyone in LA is fake, and it's hard to find genuine friends or career connections, because everyone is after the same things: money and fame. While that may be true for some, I didn't experience that at all. I met the most artistic, inspiring and cool people I have ever came in contact with during my visit. Who weren't necessarily chasing fame and money, but their dreams.
They were more than a community, but a family, and that I am realizing can be found in any city. I'm learning more than ever, that we often attract what we are. If you're only attracting fame-crazed individuals who tend to be fake, then that's in you; if you're attracting negative people who are never happy, that may be in you too. When it comes to who we have in our space, we make the choices.
Other than the people I met, I noticed a little about LA culture as well. It's definitely a city full of young, ambitious people, but I also saw a lot of families. It's a city that is congested with dreams, people, excitement and apartment buildings- but it wasn't too overwhelming.
The beaches were my favorite sights to see. On the Fourth we were literally chasing fireworks, but never saw any close enough, until we returned to my friend's apartment where we saw the most beautiful fireworks display.
Altogether, LA is definitely the city of dreams. There's just a difference between those chasing their dreams, and those who decide to take on a new one. The food was great, the people were mostly friendly, and the scenery was a lot to take in, but nonetheless, beautiful.
I definitely plan to visit, and hopefully live here one day.