Growing up in the Southern part of the United States I was told, “People who live in California are weird.” I moved to Los Angeles ten years ago this coming January and it is not at all what I was told it was. Like most things in life we only get someone’s biased point of view when they give their opinion. It takes real experience for us to know the truth. That is why I make it a point of knowing as many of my neighbors as possible.
We live together in the second largest city in the United States so we live close to one another. In my neighborhood there are several apartment complexes along with single family housing. We have business owners with shops around the corner. There are several schools so there are lots of children. We are every color, nationality, religion, and for the most part, we live peacefully side by side. So I want to get to know them as a part of my neighborhood family.
It is important to feel that connection with one another so we watch out for each other. We take care of one another. We appreciate and respect one another. My life is so much better because I know my neighbors. They are wonderful testaments to the peaceful, kind, and compassionate world we are creating. I feel blessed to live where I do.
I am also blessed to have learned that simply because someone believes something does not make it fact. People in California are not weird at all. Just look at what I would have missed had I believed what I was told growing up. I am so glad to have a rebellious streak – at least when it comes to finding out truth for myself.