Surviving “Lost” Angeles

I am not sure if I have the same rights as someone who has been living in L.A. maybe five plus years or not, but, I am proud that I am still here living in this great city. Don’t get me wrong, L.A. has its cons, and I am not for sugar coating anything to make it seem like living here is easy… because it’s not! Nevertheless, I am making it! I am working, eating regularly and paying my rent on time, sometimes. I am doing well and that’s a lot I can say for most people I know.

I’ve been living out here for nine months now and it has been a rollercoaster ride.

I’ve been through some pretty harsh things that I never in a million years thought I would go through in this lifetime! For example, I’ve experienced homelessness for the first time in my life and I do not recommend it. Thank goodness I landed on my feet very well because I was on the verge of completely giving up.

Before coming out to L.A., I had a comfortable life. For the longest time, I didn’t have to want for anything and whenever I fell, my family was there to catch me. Not here! I am totally and utterly alone. By the way it’s fine, really. I’d rather have that era of hard transformation now rather than later. I am not the same person I was nine months ago.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing something or going somewhere, follow that feeling.

It can be so easy to get sucked into the glamorous life out here, so please be careful. The image can draw you in. My best advice is to know your limits and then stick to them. The worst thing is getting addicted to a lifestyle that is very bad for you and next thing you know, you find yourself struggling to pay the rent. Please don’t let that be you.

There are many “lost” persons in LA convinced they are doing something with their lives but in reality, they have lost focus on what they came out here for (and i am just not talking about the homeless people either). Keep your eye on the prize, stay busy and stay focused on your dream.

Los Angeles can be stressful, if you let it. Coming out here, you must have a hustler’s mentality. You are going to find out really quickly that the people in L.A. have that mindset. I have never seen so many self-sufficient entrepreneurs in my life. When I came into the city, the first thing I did was walk in and out of restaurant, ice cream parlors, and convenience stores asking managers if they were hiring so I could find a second job. Thankfully, I was blessed enough to have a main job before I came out, but, still! You must put foot to pavement if you want to survive in Los Angeles. It’s not all about the weather and beautiful scenery because that will just take you off track as well; thinking you have to party everyday because the weather is nice. NO!! Handle your business people and don’t become “lost” in Los Angeles. I am rooting for all those that make it. Until next time.

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