Greetings Fellow Introverts and Nanu Nanu. Although most days we may feel as though we are not from this planet due to the expectation that we must enjoy socializing or something must be wrong with us, in Los Angeles your personality is most welcome.
Los Angeles is a huge county with more than 10 million residents yet, it can be quite lonely being here and that is because people usually avoid adding newcomers to their circles unless they have drugs to share.
Otherwise, you have to fight for acceptance into a social group and most of them want you to prove yourselves to them before they will invite you to their gatherings. This isn’t such a bad thing for the introverted person because- we don’t want to be invited anyway!
Los Angeles is an awesome city for introverts because there are so many events, festivals and shenanigans to become involved in without actually having to become too involved. You can choose an event on any day, go there, chat casually and never have to interact with the same people again because no one expects you to.
I have had a blast joining various activities for a day, a week or month-long stints just to get a taste of what their lifestyles are like. I joined a gym and hung out with the gym rats in spin classes and boot camps (they didn’t like me), I played roller derby for about a month (didn’t lose weight so I quit easily) and I have even participated in the L.A. Pride parade and it was my first time attending the event! I just showed up to the parade, told them I wanted to march with them and they gave me a t-shirt. I’ll probably never see anyone from that group again but what an amazing experience.
Just because you’re an introvert doesn’t mean you’re not looking for random adventures and Los Angeles has a steady supply that will exhaust you. Do you know all of those quirky activities that you wish you had time to try? Go ahead, find one here and take part just for a day. I have been to polyamory pool parties, swingers events, the Jewish Synagogue, marched with the immigrants for workers rights and ate Korean BBQ at a backyard party. You’ll never have to worry about anyone hounding you for repeat participation or even noticing you much at all. I spend many events having casual conversations with people who barely even ask me my name.
No one cares about you specifically in Los Angeles so you can flitter and flutter creating your dream life under the radar if you have the skills to do so. I did it by becoming a freelance writer so I never have to network to gain opportunities and I don’t need to be socially accepted to prosper. I am basically invisible in Los Angeles which is great because there is NO PRESSURE at all to be anything other than who I am.
I am winning! And you can too. If you’re an introvert, come on out to Los Angeles. I promise we won’t welcome you or even notice you!
Sep 30, 2016 at 10:17 pm
Love this.. I thought i was alone