For one thing, side note from yesterday – it seems as though every time I do actually settle in a place, that’s when they universe seems to say, “Joke’s on you! Time to move!” I think that’s why it’s taken me so very long to even sort of settle into this town.
However, I should settle in so I can tempt the universe. Universe, I dare you. Offer me a job in New York! Offer me a spot in the BMI musical theater workshop. I bought a picture frame. That means, I’m settling into my home, right? Show me what you got, universe!
Anyway, that was just a side note. The real point of this post – Angelinos, do you feel more tired here than you do in other places? I feel like my energy is often being zapped. I contribute that to two things.
For one, everything is SO FAR away from everything else. So far. I’ve said before that I think people in L.A. hang out with each other far, far less than they do in other places. I think it’s in large part because after having a two and a half hour round trip commute each weekday for work (or in the case of some actors, working in all different parts of L.A. and surrounding counties throughout the week), you’re kind of just done.
If someone lives in your building, spectacular. But to venture out into L.A. again, ugh.
And I have no idea what’s so tiring about commuting! We’re not really putting forward a lot of energy – especially me. I’m lucky. I take the train. I don’t even have to concentrate on operating a two-ton machine. So, what’s exhausting about sitting there and reading?
I have no idea, but I feel it.
I think another humongous thing that causes this L.A. lethargy is the sun! The sun is constantly beating down on me. And I feel it taking away my energy. Do you ever feel like when it’s so very hot, you just want to sit inside and wait for night?
I can’t just complain and be lazy my whole life. I’m trying to figure out how to do things that make me happy from home. (There’s a lot of work that can be done through a computer.)
I’m sucking it up and just going out sometimes on the weekend (in the sun and everything!). I find that it makes it easier if I don’t think about how much time it takes to get somewhere, or how far away it is – and instead think of how excited I am to read a book.
As far as dealing with the sun, I just try to lather/layer on protection and always drink more water. I do my best to do things at night instead of during the day (’cause the day is killer). I find the sun to be much more of a problem than distance.
I’m also really trying to exercise more (at night of course), ’cause I know that helps with energy. And it does. But the sun is one formidable adversary.
I thought I’d grow out of this L.A. lethargy, getting used to it the longer I lived here. But I’m absolutely still not used to it, and I’m still not impervious to that hot, hot sun. I see a lot of the people I know out here affected in the same exhausted way.
Is lazy exhaustion just part of living here?