There’s no place like California

I love home and the people who come with it.

There are few people in the world who can reassure me that it’s OK to be who I am. I recently lost one of these people from my life, but it was a choice I needed to make. There are few people who know me well enough to know exactly what I need to hear.

Example: I hung out with an old friend today. I told her about how frustrated I am with most of the people I’ve met in my college experience. I also told her about my frustration with my major and myself. I don’t feel I’m studying something that will help improve humanity, and I don’t believe photography is effective in making change. But, being the amazing friend she is, she told me that what I study has nothing to do with the rest of my life. Whatever it is I want to do, I can do. It almost seems silly, I know, but it’s exactly what I needed to hear.

Same goes for my dad. I told him that I won’t go to grad school or travel or buy a house or anything after college because I refuse to take out a loan. I don’t ever want to owe someone money. I don’t want to be in debt to anyone or anything. I don’t want to be owned. But, once again, my dad told me that money shouldn’t stop me from anything I want to do. As I was on the verge of having a hysterical breakdown in the cafeteria of the Met, he reassured me that it’s OK to be me and to be happy.

I wish everyone had friends and family like I do. I think the world would be a better place.


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