As of late, my biggest pet peeve has become DC bashing – this is the tendency that many have to relegate Washington DC to some uninspiring town with little more to offer than politics and law firms. I’ve heard it all about Washington DC; that people aren’t friendly, that people have no sense of style, that creatives can’t flourish here, that people here “just don’t get it”… and I’ve had enough of all of that talk.
I most certainly understand out growing a city, and feeling the need to move on – I’ve done it – but for a person to malign an entire city just because it did not give them what they needed speaks volumes of that person.
Of course, there are some things that certain cities are known for; you wouldn’t come to Washington DC to start your film career, just as you wouldn’t go to LA to be at the epicenter of the political world, but just because a city is known for something, that doesn’t mean that the city is that thing to everybody…if a person gets caught up in the hype of a city, then that’s on them.
DS Download: In any city, we get to be who we want to be and although there may be an overall culture to a particular city, that culture does not have to define us. We can seek our own inspiration and march to the beat of our own drum…and when we tire of the music, we can appreciate the city for what it had to offer and move on to the next city…for now, I’ll stick with Washington DC, and for all of the people who aren’t inspired by this city I will express my feelings about the beauty of Washington DC via the following pictures….
Ruby Slippers on Embassy Row
A beautiful day on the pier at the wharf
The Kennedy Center