I have been sick of my neighborhood since 2011. I can’t rationalize a move at the moment financially, so I’ve stayed in Hollywood despite a strong desire to flee. The problem is that I have been so frustrated by my fiscally responsible choice that it has been clouding my enjoyment of my neighborhood. I’ve shut myself off from seeing the good things it has to offer because I’m mad at myself for staying. Inspired by my Saturday wandering in the South Bay, I decided it was long past time to look for inspiration in my own backyard — time to stop looking for the reasons to hate Hollywood and find the reasons to love it instead.
So this morning I went for a walk. A long walk in my own neighborhood.
I started taking pictures of the things that caught my eye.
Like this entryway.
The amazing thing about my neighborhood is that a chic, sophisticated sort of place like that is across the street from this.
And those structures? Are just down the street from this.
And check out this Knights of the Round Table action a little further up.
I’m not so sure Palm Springs Meghan is entirely at home with this eclectic mess coexisting on one street.
It might be OK for Halloween Anika.
But what do I think about it all?
I think it’s where I live for now. And it has been a good place for this guy.
We’ve had a lot of amazing hikes here.
And I’ve had a lot of epiphanies here.
So the thing is? I accept that it’s where I live now.
It’s not done with me yet.
I haven’t learned all it has to teach me. And when our time is over, I will move on to the next place… and be open to the changes it makes in me.