Published: 15.11.2018 to 08:17:31
Why on earth would anyone want to live in California?
I’ve struggled to gather my thoughts into one post. California is a place I never thought I’d end up. I had so many stereotypes in my head when I first packed up my Jeep a year ago and drove over 2,000 miles to make a place I’d never even visited my home.
I feel things too deeply. I rage, I mourn, I love - deeply. I have felt small, insignificant, expendable over the past week. I have watched a fire straddle a ridge six miles from my home, the flames hungry to destroy and consume without any regard for the lives beneath it.
I have watched members of my community in grief over the victims of a senseless shooting as they themselves try to survive and find their way to safety. Human nature is to prevail and to cling to that which is most important, and I’ve seen this play out in the most heroic of ways, even if it’s something as seemingly small as a cup of coffee given to a mother who hasn’t slept in days, a world-famous singer delivering pizzas to evacuees, or as extreme as the bravery of our firefighters walking into danger while the rest of us only have the urge to flee.
Why on earth would anyone want to live in California? It’s a question many people have.
Because it makes us feel something. It makes us feel alive, even as it makes us feel small.
Published: 14.11.2018 to 22:15:09