“Coming from a small town in England I had dreamed about Los Angeles, so a few years ago I decided to visit. I had expectations of palm trees and sandy beaches (as pictured in all the movies) and of seeing famous faces while walking down Hollywood Boulevard; I imagined feeling like a celebrity myself. The reality was quite different.
During the trip I was humbled by a particular event. As I stood at a pedestrian crossing, a homeless man stood beside me and began picking food out of a bin. It was all he could find to eat. Others rushed over to join him in search for food. This had a profound effect on me and my outlook. The realization I had, was that this great city had the rich and famous living side by side with some of the poorest and most vulnerable people. The contrast in wealth was shocking. The people who can barely find food are never spoken of in magazines. I never knew until I went to Los Angeles, that this was the reality of the city’s poverty.
This experience has helped me to grow as a person, and has given me a desire to help and to look beyond the face of a city. The reality is that the wealthiest do not always help those who live around the corner or on the next street. Many people are not wealthy while others possess many things. Traveling has motivated me to change, and to see, that the poorest should not be ignored but helped. To fully experience a place you must not only observe the beauty but embrace it all.”
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