"When you’re in New York City, you’re in New York City, and it defines a lot of your experience. But when you’re in L.A., you can make your own experience. There’s so much more space, you have the room to make your own world."
This quote from a recent oral story from Joseph Gordon-Levitt perfectly captures why I prefer Los Angeles to New York.
When I was a kid, I was just looking to make my own home and my own life, and I settled on L.A. before ever even really knowing if it was conducive. But the thing that makes L.A. so great (at least for me), is that the city is so big, and admittedly full of such self-involved industries, that it lets you do your own thing without breathing down your neck. All I ever wanted as a kid was to be left alone to do start my own life. At first the freedom I felt here felt like your typical "kid just got out of mom and dad's house" type of freedom, but the older I got, and the more used to this city I became, I realized it's just the energy here.
L.A. is full of dreamers, and that means it allows you to be what you are and do what you want without passing judgment-- even when you're not an overnight success, even when you're still working survival jobs ten years later. It doesn't pressure you; it allows your innate, natural drive to lead.
Sure, this can sound scary-- because it puts the responsibility of success squarely on our individual shoulders-- but in that same way, it respects us all as adults to do whatever is right for us and trusts us to be mature enough to make adjustments when and where necessary. I can handle the consequences of not thriving. I'm still just so thrilled to be somewhere where I'm left to my own devices.