I agree that folks romanticize LA way too much, and that was something I just couldn't wrap my mind around for many years. The other day one of my church girls posted a meme on Facebook that read, "Stop romanticizing LA. It is way too crowded, the traffic is horrible, and in-n-out lines are way too long". And while I find that to be quite painfully and humorously true, I now can't help but share my love of diversity this place offers. I am more grateful for the nuances that only LA displays, a little more today than yesterday. One of the forefronts of food innovation is right here in LA and if I can ever make it to the cafe, I get to sip on Urth's spanish latte! But equally on the same level of importance, where else can we experience the beach and the mountains and city life all within a one hour drive?
Coming from a background where I was the only "different" one, I fully embrace the eclectic lifestyle this city displays. A lot of it is far from perfect, of course. The poverty I witness in certain pockets of the city is unsettling for the heart, but the good things far outweigh the bad. I feel no longer a stranger after so many years of living here, and although I know that's God's way of never letting me be too comfortable, I am comforted by the fact that there's always the potential to rejoice and be grateful in the present. Just look for the little things in your todays, and you won't have to stray too far.
I'm so curious to know where my readers and fellow bloggers are from! What kind of city do you live in?