I received this email from a reader the other day and I felt compelled to write up a response publicly in case there are other’s who have asked the same questions:
“I typed in ‘unhappy with city life’ into google and I found your site and read everything you had to say and it’s the first time that I have found relief that someone else actually feels what I feel about London. I am so unhappy living here it is stifling and numbing every part of my life.
But no one else seems to know what I mean. And when people quote that ‘when you’ve had enough of London you’ve had enough of life’ thing at me I just wanna give them a punch! Because that’s just not true!
Before I moved to London I loved it, but now I’m a resident, well, all has changed. It depends on what the goal is, you have found that travelling like a nomad suits you, but for me, I decided on the strength of my skills to try to penetrate the acting industry and for that you need to be near a city because that’s where the industry is. So I’m stuck here!
ARRRGHH! I’m Pumped!
Now maybe it’s the four instant coffees and two coca colas I’ve downed over the last hour (it’s 11:34pm right now and I’m wired like a stray [phillipino :-s] dog who just found an unattended trash can), but more likely it’s because for the first time in nearly 2 months I’ve had a full day where I felt settled. Continue reading
“Ain’t no love in the heart of the city
Ain’t no love in the heart of town
Ain’t no love and it’s sure nuff a pity
Ain’t no love cause you ain’t around”
Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City – Bobby Blue Bland
For the vast majority of my 22 years on this earth I have lived in London city. I’ve had short stints in other locations – I spent 3 years travelling 200 miles north every few weeks to go to the University of Hull – but NW London has been my home for as long as I can remember.
If you asked me 5 years ago where I saw myself 5 years from now, I would have told you that I wanted to be living in a more central London location: immersed in the culture, lifestyle and ‘live fast, die young’ mentality that the city embodies. Continue reading