June marks 27 years living in California.
Here are 27 things I have learned about living in Los Angeles after 27 years of living here:
1) I really don’t have to fit in with the crowd here–NOR do I want to!
2) In time, everyone talks like a “Californian.” We say things like, “yeah, traffic was so great today–I took the 405 to the 101 then down Kanan to PCH into Malibu, then back up Malibu Canyon to the 101 to the 405 and home–I flew the whole time!” We actually don’t say this very often, it’s usually, “the 405 sucked today!” I feel sorry for anyone who has to get on it every day.
3) There are so many natural places to play, it’s not just a cement jungle! There are the San Gabriel’s, the Santa Susana’s and my stomping grounds, the Santa Monica Mountains. Hike, Bike, PLAY!
4) When I go to Beverly Hills, I feel like a fish out of water! There are oversized lips and boobs and the gaudiest cars and stores and everyone WANTS you to see them. It just feels odd.
5) My environment caters to my healthy lifestyle–everywhere I go! Health food stores, restaurants, markets, healthy pharmacies, juice bars, and yoga studios abound!
6) Meetup.com inspires me in more ways than just meeting people. Meeting people is easy because there are a lot of people and there are a lot of people wanting to meet people!
7) Riding my bike along the 22 mile ocean bike path from Pacific Palisades to Palos Verdes has been a dream of mine since I was 10- pure joy and exhilarating beauty!
8) Yes, you CAN find lots of places to ride horses and yes your childhood dreams can come true and yes you could live on a private horse ranch and learn more than you could ever imagine about horses–I did!
9) Yes, you can go to the beach in the morning and be on the ski slopes by afternoon! Road trips up North are my favorite–the whole of this state thrills me! The hike/climb up to Half Dome in Yosemite is a major highlight!
11) Malibu really does feel like a small town. It is as beautiful as you might imagine. Malibu is where my soul resides, it is my Shangri-La!
12) I love the endless choice of yoga studios in Santa Monica–The Mecca of Yoga. I’ve learned from many teachers and they’ve all been in Santa Monica. I know how fortunate I am to live HERE. I can’t imagine my life without my yoga practice!
13) People who live in affluence are not as you imagine–most I have met, anyway, are the real deal– lovely and generous and some of the nicest people in my sphere. To judge anyone for any reason is the most limiting activity there is!
14) Even though this is a big city with lots of people, sometimes a person can feel very alone. Other times, it is so small and I run into people I know all over the place!
15) Driving in traffic can be beautiful, honestly! I see massive amounts of beauty from high atop the freeway overpasses. And no, traffic doesn’t only happen in Los Angeles, traffic happens in every city! I love my electric car, it actually gains miles on the battery while in traffic instead of sucking up gas!
16) I love being by the beach and feeling the cool of the ocean air. Just as much, I love being over the hill in the Valley at night, the breeze is warm and balmy and there is no need for sweaters or jackets!
17) Not driving my car and riding my bike to work is freedom!
18) Yes, you can enjoy going to museums–my favorite is just across the canyon–The J. Paul Getty museum off the busiest freeway–the 405! I have a confession to make though, once I took a friend there and we didn’t even go inside and look at the art. We stayed outside looking at the gardens and the views of the city! The art IS amazing though, so hard to comprehend the precision and talent that exists in all of us.
19) I have made more friends here than anywhere I’ve ever lived.
20) The free concerts on the Santa Monica Pier in the summertime FEEL really good. To be out in the night-time ocean air listening to music and meeting new people is my kind of night!