Over the weekend I went to a really unique, cool birthday party. A dear friend of my wife and mine turned – never mind, I know better than to say how old! Anyway, our friend started her party by offering everyone on the guest list a walking tour of Koreatown. You can read about it on her blog, here. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but Yan and I approached it with open minds.
It was neat to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Koreatown from the point of view of trekking through its streets. One of the great things about Los Angeles is its multitude of incredibly diverse neighborhoods. It is also something we Angelenos too often take for granted. But taking the time to be in and really “feel” the vibe of a particular area opens up its culture, heartbeat, and essence. Our friend was a great tour guide, too, making the history, architecture, and all around mojo of K-town come to life.
The party really got going after the tour at Dan Sung Sa, an old school K-town restaurant where the food (absolutely delicious!) and libations came to the tables as fast as we could empty the bowls, dishes, and platters that had just come before. I enjoyed the company of many friends I hadn’t seen in a long time and made several new friends as well. It was so much fun I felt a bit sad when it all finally came to an end.
As Yan and I were driving back home I contemplated the eclectic and interesting group of people our long-time friend had assembled for the party. I thought about how she, individually, is nothing short of eclectic and interesting, herself. I appreciated the neighborhood we had just explored for embodying those very characteristics, too. In fact, the things I value most in life; my family, friends, and clients are – you guessed it – eclectic and interesting both separately and as a group.
It’s good to be reminded of how the differences and diversity in the people and places around us make life exciting and vibrant. The more we embrace dissimilarities, I believe, the richer we become. I am grateful to everyone and everything which brings something new info my life. Thank you.