From South Central LA to Burbank…

I’ve been living in Burbank for the last 3 months and I have to say that it is completely different from South Central LA. I went from living in a city with the highest crime rate to a city where the most movies are made. Burbank is known to be the “media capital of the world” where major companies such as NBC, Warner Bro’s, and Disney Studios are located.

When I was growing up, I heard someone tell me that majority of people die within 20 miles of where they grew up. I didn’t want to be another statistic and I told myself I would do whatever it took to get the hell out of South-Central Los Angeles.

A lot of people around the world when they hear “LA” they think about Hollywood, celebrities, partying, and the beach. They don’t realize that there’s more to LA than just that. LA isn’t all fun and games for some people. “LA” has a different meaning for so many people.

When I think of LA, I think about the time where someone got shot in front of my home. I think about the day where I was chased by a group of older kids who were trying to steal my iPod. I think about the day where I got punched in the face walking home from middle school for no reason. I think about all the kids who get lost in drugs and gangs. I think about all of the abuse and hatred people against each other.

For some people, LA isn’t what is portrayed on television. There’s a lot of places where you see homelessness, crime, poverty, depression, etc. It’s a place where if you grow up in poverty chances are, you will stay in poverty. It’s a place where a lot of people’s hopes and dreams are crushed.

But how come nobody ever tells us these things? Because the world doesn’t care about the people in the bottom. Some people will find it shocking that a kid such as myself was able to leave South Central.

How do I know that it’s shocking? Because I see it! I see it in people’s eyes every time they ask me where I grew up at. As soon as I say, “South Central LA”, their eyes glow up as if they just saw a criminal with a gun pointed at them.

Then I tell them, “But now I live in Burbank” & their eyes grow big once again. Shocking! But to me, its fucking funny. & It works every time.

But that has just come to teach me one thing, people will always think less of you. In order to change that, you must take action and prove them wrong.

No one is going to believe in you, no one will support you, no one will feel sympathy for you. If you want to make that change, improve your life, and prove to others wrong then you have to be the one to put in the work.

It doesn’t matter where you come from, where you start, or what circumstances you face. What matters is that you don’t stop, that you push through every challenge and make it to your final destination. Let the hater’s hate.

There’s no rule that says you have to be poor forever.

There’s no rule that says you have to be unhappy.

There’s no rule that says you can’t have a better life.

There’s no rule that says that your past is your future.

You make your own rules.

You can be happy.

You can live anywhere you’d like.

You can become anyone you want.

& your past is definitely not your future!

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