June 24, 2015
Where you’re from defines who you really are. The environment you grew up in establishes your character. I grew up in Mid–City near City Heights. It’s mostly a low-income high minority populated community. For me, it was one of the best places on earth. Reason being, it made me feel proud with what I’ve become. Everyone there was just like me. The community I grew up in defined me in a lot of ways. It has helped me learn new cultures and traditions, be more understanding and humble with life and its situations, and playing sports. This is what defined me growing up in Heights.
First off, culture is very powerful. It determines many things about you such as what you eat, how you speak, what your beliefs you believe in, what clothing you wear, etc. It is the invisible bond that ties different people together. My community was populated with different people from different places. From Serbia to Kenya to Cambodia these people I grew up with gave me an insight to their custom traditions. I had a friend named Said who lived a couple doors down from my house. He was from Kenya, Nairobi and came to America at the age of twelve. He would tell me stories of how he used to live in a farm and take care of animals. They taught him to say a prayer before killing animals to eat. The prayer makes the animal pure and free from the devil. It’s crazy to me how at his age, he was beheading animals to devour. I’m Ethiopian and though I was born in America, my mother wasn’t. I told my mom what he used to do. She said she used to do that to back in her country in Ethiopia. She lived in a farm back home and it was a common practiced for her to do. It surprised me how our cultures to me seemed so different where actually quite alike. Foods, beliefs, clothing, traditions, it’s all similar. The setting may be different but the way we live life is quite the same. Being surrounded by all this diversity helped me accept my own...