New Orleans is beautiful and tragic. It’s life, all wrapped up in its various stages in the bittersweet beauty of entropy. What it means to be a New Orleanian means to embrace life earnestly, to welcome and love the good and the bad. Being a New Orleanian means being loud or loving the loud. It’s about becoming another cinder and keeping the fire of rebirth alive in a phoenix of American cities. Being a New Orleanian means you have to play hard as much as much as you work hard because living in the big easy isn’t easy; it’s a primal law–the first law of thermodynamics–you get out as much as you put in.

I wrote this brief idea about what it means to be a New Orleanian to me upon a prompt a friend had on Facebook. I saved it and added it here to share my experience.