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I'm Going Back to Cali

by Diví Ikpe 4 years ago in career / travel / humor

The hopes and dreams of a potential renaissance woman stuck in an adolescent's body.

California Palm Trees, tall af and beautiful af 

Los Angeles, California, the city of angels, the place where dreams are made of. It's suc a cliché to say that you want to move to California but I do. The question is, what will I do once I get there? Well, I'm 19 years old so if I were indecisive, I technically have plenty of time to decide. Here's the thing, I already know what I primarily want to do in order to make a living. The problem is that there are so many things I want to do in addition to that. It really shouldn't be much of a problem seeing as there's now easy access to the internet and social media, well there shouldn't be much of a problem in theory. I like to think of myself as a modern day renaissance woman, but I have to overcome some barriers based on the current lack of resources I have.

The Beginning

Georgia on my Mind...even though I lowkey want to leave :/

I grew up in (technically) the metro area of Atlanta, Georgia. Ever since I could remember I loved art; when I was a child I constantly drew and wrote songs/poetry and stories all the time. Granted all of my work sucked at that time since I was legitimately a child, but it was always a passion of mine. Once I got older my drawing and writing improved significantly and I dabbled in other mediums of art as well, such as painting, photography, cinematography, directing, singing, and playing instruments. As it turns out Atlanta is a great hub for art and especially music, but as I've recently been searching online for jobs in those fields, not much comes up. Therefore, although I love this city, I am tired of being in this state. I love my friends and family but I yearn for something new. I'm tired of having the same old mundane life, I know a lot of people probably are as well. This may sound like the usual rant of your average young adult but I honestly hope that's not the case.

What about the Future?

Closest "psychologist" photo I could find that's at least somewhat reminiscent of myself, lmao

Based off the above information, you probably think that my primary focus is to obtain a career primarily in art, but that is not the case. I voiced once to my parents that art was what I wanted to do with my life, but they immediately shot it down, therefore I looked to see if I were interested in any "realistic," "sustainable" careers, and luckily, I was. At first, I thought I wanted to be a Molecular Biologist... until I got to College, so I looked elsewhere. I have an intense interest in and love of film, and the types of films I happen to love the most, usually include psychology. So I looked into it and I love it; as an artist who is constantly introspective and always observant of the things and people around me, I discovered that I love digging into the human mind and attempting to figure out why people think they way they do. In addition, I've always wanted to help people, and I have a handful of friends who suffer from mental illnesses so I would be ecstatic if I were able to help people like them. But of course, once again there aren't many opportunities in this field in Georgia, so I looked to California.

Is This Actually the Place for Me?

Venice Beach, my possible future home *sigh*

I went to California, I wanna say—about 5 years ago—with my parents to visit some family there. It was one of the best experiences of my life, as soon as we landed in LAX, I felt as if I were home. Which was definitely a strange experience, considering that was the first time I had ever been there, but it's true. I've been to a wide variety of the states too, so it's not like I was just comparing it to Georgia; I compared it to every other state I've been to and yet it still won my heart. Not only is it a great place because of the instant connection but also since I want to be in the field of psychology, but also continue my art en-devours, it's literally the perfect place for me to live. I even did research! Either Venice or Berkeley would work (which is basically just LA).

So...What Now? How Do I Get... There?

*Me trying to grasp on to hope even though the economy lowkey sucks thanks to baby boomers*

In conclusion, I want to get my doctorates in Psychology and become a licensed psychologist, eventually with my own practice. But I also want to be a director, singer, musician, songwriter, short story writer, cinematographer, photographer, INFLUENCER, and so much more (that last one was a joke, by the way, an "influencer" isn't a real job I'm pretty sure... I think?). Seriously though, there are so many things I want to do and I just want to do all of them right now, but that's not how reality works. Things take time, and if it's meant to be, it will happen. Anyways, I don't know if this was actually interesting or not, but it's just a little introductory post that I typed up on July 7th, 2017 from 1:30 am to 2:36 am. I tried to make it more interesting by putting "relateable" captions. Anyways, that's the end of this post, hope you enjoyed it for there will be more (more entertaining) posts to come.


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