Living in Los Angeles can be tough … for a lot of reasons. Here we are surrounded by wealth, celebrity, shallow minds, & uncaring attitudes (just making an observation … not trying to say these things are always connected). I’m constantly hearing words of greed and entitlement that cast such a negative light on how we live. There are very distinct lines drawn in LA that determine a person’s reality so it’s easy to see the separation within our society and the gap that is getting bigger.
In my work alone, I come in contact with kids in preschool that have seen more places in the world than I have, already have more money in their bank accounts than I have and will undoubtedly go through life without ever knowing how any one else lives. I also work with kids and families that have nothing … they have never actually experienced what exists outside of their neighborhood, they don’t know what a bank account is and all that they aspire towards is what they see in TV & movies.
I am certainly not here to complain or criticize, but to take note of how much variance there is in this city and how divided we are from one another. I commend those wealthy parents who take the time to teach their kids about compassion and giving back. I honor those parents that instill hope and hard work in their kids who are constantly surrounded by others looking for an easy way out.
My family, and so many others, live in the middle. We watch the activity on both sides and feel comfortable with both. We don’t feel inferior to the “haves” and we definitely don’t act superior to the “have-nots”. We are grateful for our blessings and try to help others that are less fortunate.
Myself, I am happy where I live, happy with what I have and happy with who I am …