Sometimes, I get a nervous feeling about moving to LA. I compare things to SF, the same way I compared SF to NYC. For SO many years. Now, I realize, there are so many things I grew to love, I know I'll miss.
So, I want to make great strides, grand gestures, and cast my net wide to explore and grow to love LA. I believe you're never too old to start again, there's always a new path to discover and hell, if you don't go in, you'll never find out.
Then, my sister texts me this photo
and it hit me deep in the gut, I remembered instantly why I want to move to LA.
Experiencing my niece and her incredible zest for new and love for friends, her joy at creating a Halloween costume, her unbridled passion for learning about things/people/ and places, her unbelievable understanding of others at age 15, and her total and complete get-up-and-go at all get-up-and-go opportunities, experiencing these things in person are incredibly powerful and life-affirming. That may sound overly-dramatic, I guess, but I don't care one whit. When I'm around Sofia, life feels really charged with goodness.
Of course you must have realized by now, the girl in the photo I'm referring to, my niece Sofia is not one of the girls in the audience with her arms crossed, she is the girl who is bouncing into the photo, with Panda Pride, as the school mascot.
High School Pep Rally: Only Sofia can make it look so good.