Chalkboard drawing of the downtown Los Angeles skyline
Today I am driving up the 101 and making my way to the Bay Area to start a new job and embark on what looks to be a new chapter in life. The transition is undoubtedly a mixed bag of emotions- butterflies over the thought of something new, but also the inevitable sadness in leaving family, friends, and a city I really grew to love.
A quote I read in C.S. Lewis' The Four Loves, really rings true to me- "No man loves his city because it is great, but because it is his" Though I was born and raised in Southern California, LA never became mine until I moved there after college. In my three years back, I've rediscovered my relationships with family, had the privilege of sharing life with some of the most incredible people I've ever met, and said "I do" to a lifelong commitment to my best friend. I could never put it in words, but I am so thankful for my time here, LA - the people, the places, even the smog filled traffic, made their mark on me, and I am forever changed because of it.