Moving to Los Angeles was a huge moment for me. I had been dreaming of the day for a long time but not one of those dreams went on to include being robbed in my first week. I was devestated. Everything that I had brought with me was taken away from me in the span of a week – I couldn’t believe it. I knew that L.A could be dangerouys but not once did I think that I would be calling ADT for Los Angeles to protect what little I had left. It’s expensive living here and I was hoping to save as much money possible while I was here for work.
Now I’m spending more than I even had back home. Why would criminals target me? Am I so vulnerable in appearance that they would want to take everything from me? I didn’t have much to begin with but it was enough to remind me of home and to bring me small comforts while I wasn’t working. Comforts that I’m sure any criminal could have if they only would work an honest job. I can’t imagine the kind of person it must take to steal from others. Do they not care?
How could they not care? I live in a society that judges other harshly but where we also depend on one another. Every day we rely on other’s whether we realize it or not. From the clerks at the grocery store to the people who employ us. Then some strangers come along who want to take away everything that we work so hard to attain. I’ve never owned very much in my life. I’ve never been rich. I’ve never had a surplus of money. Now I’ll have even less money and even fewer things to own if this is the price I have to pay.