London can easily swallow you up. Even after years, the average Londoner is still very aware that his or her lifestyle, exciting as it is, comes at a price they eventually question its sustainability. Something that gets me every time I visit, is the incredible rate of consumption my friends go through day-to-day. Consumption not in an environmental sense, more in the way they think, move and obtain information. They live one day to the next.
Living and visiting London, you have to be up for the ride, and the city will carry you through the low days and then ultimately through the anything-is-possible-and-exciting kind of days. You do what you can, when you can, because really, you don't have control over where the city takes you. You step out of your front door in the morning, knowing that London will return you when its good and ready.
Thats a scary leap over the front step in the morning, especially for a suburbian dweller from Solihull. And I lived in London for a couple of years. English writer Samuel Johnson said 'If you are tired of London, you are tired of life, for there is all in London that life can afford'. I guess it depends on what your price is.