(8) Starting a new life in San Francisco

My storyTomoko MaruyamaComment

During my last year in college in New Jersey, I decided to go to San Francisco during Spring Break. I always wanted to go to California so I had to decide between going to San Diego, Los Angeles or San Francisco. In the end, I decided to go to San Francisco. For some reason, I thought I would like the city by the bay.

I immediately fell in love with San Francisco! As soon as I arrived to the city, I knew that this city would meet all my expectations and more. So I explored the city from the early hours of the morning. I took many photos of the many beautiful sights and neighborhoods. I liked the Californian blue sky, the warm weather and the colorful architecture specially the Victorian houses.

I bought a used bicycle as I wanted to go to places I couldn't go by foot. So for the first time, I rode my bike to San Francisco's most famous landmark: the Golden Gate Bridge. Seeing the view of the bridge from the hills was one of the best experiences I had. I remember clearly how impressed I was with the view of the bridge and the ocean in the background. At the same time, my instinct told me strongly “This is the place”. I wanted to live here and work as an artist. It was decided.

So the day after I graduated from college, I was in a plane flying to San Francisco. I decided to start a new chapter in my life in a new place. Specially if this is a place I fell in love. Some instructors from college told me that it might be better to look for a job in New York rathr than San Francisco since New York has a larger job market than San Francisco. I knew that the number of opportunities was not important, I knew that I would find one in San Francisco if I try hard enough. It was the first time I felt so much energy and a strong positive attitude from a city. I was eager to build my life in San Francisco and I will create the opportunities myself.

This was how I started my life in San Francisco. It's hard to believe that nine years passed since that moment. I still carry the same ambition and drive I carried the day I stepped outside the plane.