"We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong."
Forgive me for posing this question, but which coast is the best coast? The East for the West? Cue Biggie and Tupac.
I've thought a lot about this question over the past few months. Would I dare forgo the intensity of the city for the chill vibes of California?
An analysis of the vibes in question: The word "chill" doesn't exist in New York (nor does laid back, serene, etc.). Five minutes to get your coffee is four minutes too long. Six minutes for the next subway? Are you insane? Don't you know we have places to be? Lunches never last longer than 30 minutes, and they're usually followed up with coffee meetings. Way to make the most of your time, right? Strolling just to take in the sights exists only on the first day of spring and lasts from the moment you step outside of your apartment until you reach the neighborhood brunch spot--your first outdoor brunch outing of the season.
But that's what New York is all about. The "no sleep til" (dreams, accomplishments, Brooklyn) mentality that people will pay to experience. It's this never-stop attitude that people thrive on. It's how dreams come true.
The West Coast, on the other hand, maintains a much more "chill" vibe (and this may just be my outsider perspective). Soaking in the sunshine, taking the time to sip coffee, hiking on beautiful days (nature? what's that?).
There are definite differences between the East and West Coasts, but it's all a game of would you rather. Bohemian or urban? Beaches or skyscrapers? Cars or public transport?
So, would you rather?
[Photographed in San Clemente, California wearing a Free People dress, Urban Outfitters sandals and a Joelle Hawkens bag]