Los Angeles

My first night in LA, I walked to dinner with my friend Charlie, who had lived here a year already, and as he rattled off bus routes and highway numbers, I wanted to somehow download it all to my brain. I thought if I could memorize it all, it would be mine.

Six months later, I'm realizing I'll never learn it all. I'll live a thousand lifetimes in this city and still feel it's just beyond my reach. What I have instead is a daily, never-ending wonder.

This isn't something I'm trying out, which I think helps. This is endgame. When something is endgame, you approach it differently in your mind. You're not evaluating. You're not looking for Reasons Why Not. You're saying, "This is what is. How many parts of it can I find to love?"