We’re all living, but we all have different approaches to life, and to living. There are those that prefer to go out on the town and be surrounded with friends whenever possible.
There are those who start a family, raise their children, and their family is what truly encompasses their lives (which, to me, family is always #1)
Then there are those who are homebodies, who don’t like the night life, as much, but would you consider them to not being living a life?
Life is how you choose to live it. How you choose to make it in the world. Life is based on decisions you have made throughout the years. Although, often times, things happen that you truly have no control over.
I’m curious about you, my readers, in how you choose to live life?
For me, let me share with all of you in how I live mine.
One thing I’ve always loved about life is travelling and exploring new areas. So, when I moved to LA, it was like I truly hit the jackpot. As I researched all that was available my list only grew bigger and bigger. A year and a half later I look back on that list and realize I’ve hit almost everything. It was quite simple: I wanted to hit the majority of museums, botantical gardens, and anything related to art in this town. Those were my loves, what I truly enjoyed.
LACMA is still my all time favorite museum in LA, and I’ve been yearning to go back there to see the huge “Metropolis” exhibit. Where, Chris Burden, designed a racecar course that literally looks like a vast and moving city. Over 500 cars move at once. And I promised a dear friend I would check it out in person to see it, on behalf of him.
The other thing is when I first moved to LA, I was literally petrified of driving anywhere in this city because of all the cars around at any time of the day wherever you went, wherever you drove. I wasn’t use to that in my streets of Minnesota. But,overtime, and with the help of my job where I was in my car driving throughout the entire city, I learned the streets of LA, and the freeway system, and ironically, know the city better than my SO who’s been living here for over 10 years.
But the other part is that I finally tracked down my passions in life: photography, art, wine, writing and travel. Since moving down here how have I encompassed all these things into my life?
Well, I joined photography groups that got me out shooting in the city to explore, visit, and see the city in an entirely new way with photographers that are a hell of a lot better than myself. But, through this, I’ve learned so much, improved on my photos, and began to look at photography differently. In the beginning, I had no idea how to shoot night photography, or how to do long exposures. I even refused to own a tripod,but that all changed.
As far as Art goes, the first 2 months I lived down here, I got one of my photos put into an art exhibit then I figured out how to drive downtown to see the exhibit.
It’s the sailboat shot. It’s still my all time favorite picture, and one of the first sunset pictures I took when I was down here.
As for when I discovered my love of writing: I browsed the writing jobs every day on Craigslist, applied for many, but received an awesome opportunity where I occassionally cover events around the Los Angeles area. I’ve done play reviews, event reviews, but it’s opened up my way of viewing Los Angeles differently. I’ve also had a few other opportunities where I get to take a more in depth view of this city, and I’m truly fortunate for those opportunities. One thing I realized is that you just have to put yourself out there. It’s not always easy for me, as I’m an introvert, and have social anxiety, but I push myself through it.
My love of wine was found while out here. And through the help of twitter I’m continuing to learn about new wines, and I’m hoping to visit some wineries this upcoming year within California.
And, of course, travel. Since moving out to California, my travel bug has been put on hold because there’s just so much to explore in this state alone. But I’m hoping to branch out into other areas of California this upcoming year. The first stop: Temecula.
So, tell me again, how are you choosing to live your life?