Tomorrow is the end of an era. Tomorrow I hand over the keys to my studio loft in DTLA and make the final trek back up to the Bay Area. I’ve been in LA for almost 4 years now and needless to say, it has been an unforgettable journey. From the hardships, the feeling of aloneness, and the difficulties making “real friends”, to the independence, the self-empowerment, creative maturation, and the eventual cultivation of lifelong friendships (finally) … all this and more has happened in my time here. I cannot quite describe the overwhelming sense of growth that has been the reality for me here in Los Angeles. A lot has changed, and I return back to the Bay Area an entirely different individual than I was when I left.
As I pack up the rest of my belongings in preparation for the drive up early tomorrow morning, I create this physical empty space, to fill the empty spaces that were once in my heart. By this, I mean I’ve missed my family, and have felt that I’ve been left out of moments I wanted desperately to be a part of but couldn’t be, because of the physical distance. I’ve been meaning to come home – to return to family and loved ones, and to continue carving out a unique career path that only I have the ability to manifest for myself. As much as I’ve said I don’t enjoy LA and the majority of the people within it, the truth is LA has become a big part of who I am, and I am thankful for all it has taught me … I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it.
To all my LA friends, I’ll be back soon, and often. I’m not done with LA yet, I just want to home-base where my heart is. To my Bay Area family and friends …
I’m coming home.
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