What I’ve Learned From San Francisco, A Personal Essay

As a small town villager, I came to San Francisco in hopes of kickstarting my dreams. I knew nothing of big city living and had no experience to the outside world of what farm life had taught me. Now as an editor in chief of an *“up & coming” online digital platform that speaks to sf culture and beyond (*thanks RackedSF) - I now know what to tell my friends when they visit. Ok, maybe not that bland but I do believe in the essentials. And in SF, where Google buses & Apple watches rein king, knowing yourself and your needs are crutial on transitioning from little to wambo.

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Climate, that’s definitely an ear full. It’s the first thing you hear straight out of the gate when you visit / move to the Bay Area. “Man, SF weather changes constantly” - I agree it does, “No like, it’s really crazy” - no really, I agree. With now moving into a new office space, the rack of clothing we look to are indeed, drum roll, sweaters. I’ve invested my money into cool sweaters, well designed sweaters, sweaters for all different occasions. I can easily throw on a sweater and jeans and be off to the office or I can fancy it up with a size too small blazer for an added chastity belt effect. I’m just joshing. Sweaters are good, they’re really good.

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Lets rewind on the whole farm boy village situation for a second. When I lived back home via 6 years ago, I never carried a bag / backpack. It had never occured to me to bring one along because all I ever had to bring was a wallet and keys. The 7x7 landscape has changed me in ways that I’ve never imagined - I’m packed for the fall out. Phone charger, laptop and charger, notebooks, pens, business cards, the book I’m currently reading + a lot more. It seems a bit over excessive but they’re all the things I use on a day to day.

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Finally, what I’ve learned the most about an SF enviorment apart from my small town life. Consistency is ok! It’s ok to go to a norm on the regular, for myself, I prefer a couple of specific boba milk tea spots, Boba Guys, Honey Bee, Bambu, are a few to name. Keeping a level of continual trips to a local eat spot, or a shop, or spa keeps a sense of validation in the big city that you don’t quite achieve in a small town. Of course everyone says, “oh - in small towns, everyone knows everybody” when in fact, no, they don’t. City life is kind, city life is forgiving; since moving here I feel 100% at peace.

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