a year ago this week, i was in NYC having the time of my life. i've always said that if joe suddenly got a job in new york and we had to move there, i would be absolutely over the moon. something that struck me in a surprisingly obvious way was the concept of "neighborhoods" in an overwhelmingly busy city. NYC is so large that you rarely see the same stranger twice, so how do new yorkers seem to cultivate a community despite the rough city life?
los angeles has a much different problem, i'm learning. the concept of community and "neighborhoods" is nearly nonexistent. everyone appears to be concerned with their own lives and are constantly busy running from place to place. i've noticed that there is not a big importance placed on public parks like there is in NY. taking time to appreciate what little green we have left in this drought-ridden state and making our neighborhoods a more friendly place to live is something that's been on my mind lately.
when i was in NYC, i was amazed at how safe i felt just walking along the street by myself. i never felt like i was going to be hurt by strangers. (pick-pocketing, yes. you just have to be smart.) everyone walks there, nobody walks in LA. walking down the street in my neighborhood feels quite unsafe, i think because walking here is so uncommon. i want to get over this fear by embracing the good things about my neighborhood and making the most of it. walking, running, biking, talking, i want to feel safe stepping outside my home, because there is so much out there to be thankful for. i'm thankful for our little loft apartment. i'm thankful that we live right next to a great bike trail. i'm thankful that i can get $1 ice cream cones at the mcdonald's down the street on a warm summer night. i'm thankful that i can walk/run around my neighborhood on a safe path. i'm thankful for being a small mind in a big city.