Do you believe in Destiny?
I do. Only because I make many attempts to have complete control over my life and I always fail miserably. A higher source of power is undoubtedly calling the shots around here. Once you believe in it and walk through the path you were meant to be on, everything falls into place.
But first, let’s recap:
*Los Angeles has been crazy. Seriously, I’ve been landing gigs that have taken me to parts of LA I don’t even think locals have experienced.
*Still no Childish Gambino sighting.
* Too much taco consumption will add to your weight.
*They charge extra for shopping/grocery bags.
*It really doesn’t rain in Southern California, the grass here looks gross.
*I will never ride the Metro Red Line past 10pm….Again.
I ended a relationship that wasn’t healthy, or fun anymore. Let’s keep it real. If someone does not want you, seriously take that as they don’t want you and move the hell on. Moving to this city (and yea I know it’s only been 6 weeks) but I’ve had a few lessons and one of those lessons taught me to let go of people who had no interest in what I’m trying to do out here. It’s rough, it sucks but if you not here to support me, if you don’t believe in me or my vision…I believe the lyrics from the 2000 smash hit Bye Bye Bye by the classic boy band Nsync said it best:
I loved you endlessly,
When you weren’t there for me.
So now it’s time to leave
And make it alone.
Don’t wanna be a fool for you
Just another player in your game for two
You may hate me, but it ain’t no lie,
Baby, bye, bye, bye…
Now, let’s get to the story…
One of my prayers before moving to Los Angeles was to surround myself with individuals that have a passion and likeness for the arts. Because, sitting behind a desk for 40 hours a week and hanging out with a clique of teachers wasn’t really giving me the writing vibe I needed. Basically, I didn’t really have someone who I could bounce ideas off of, or who wanted to write ten minutes of jokes , or shoot a scene for a web series.
In LA, you’re either an Uber/Lyft driver, homeless or you get paid for your art. (It is possible to be all three.) I believe I mentioned in my previous blog, LA is an expensive city especially on a freelance writer salary. Cost of housing is ridiculous, having a roommate out here is the norm.
With hopes and the mere belief I would find someone I could share ideas with or create with, I was more focused on moving across the country into an apartment with a complete stranger.
Then, Destiny and all its power showed itself in the shape of a 6’3, slim man with semi blond locke’s and a peace chain around his neck.
Once I peeped the chain, heard him strum my favorite Lauryn Hill song on his acoustic guitar, spotted his “Hakuna Matata” tattoo and watched him pearl the perfect blunt, I knew right there and then Destiny brought us together. A young black man with vision and ambition. These days, especially after recent events, its comforting to have that energy around me and it actually gives me hope for this Country.
I don’t have my girlfriends I can just hit up for drinks yet. I can’t just hop on the China Bus and head to DC or NC to see my friends or my mom. I do however, live with this man from the Carolina’s (Destiny) who is kind, thoughtful and ready and willing to show the world his art. He’s young and vibrant and there’s good vibes flowing all up and through our Koreatown sublet. Now, I’m not completely naive to the fact that yes, we are attractive young black people who share the same interests. We drink wine together, we complain about our jobs to each other, we go to California Donuts in the middle of night and it’s awesome. We binge watch Seinfeld together and have writing sessions. We share ideas, he makes the best mashed potatoes and he loves my cheese filled burgers.
Despite the stigma I do believe a man and woman can live under the same roof and be strictly platonic.
*Insert side eye emoji*
In a few weeks my roommate and I will be moving into our very own place. An entire year together to make some of our dreams come true, create content and get acquainted with the new taco trucks in our new neighborhood I won’t let him quit and he keeps me positive, mix that in with a little Destiny and we might have something.