I think the diversity in LA has been one of the most culturally expanding characteristics for me. Moving here from the mid-west, I was constantly bombarded with new ethnicities and languages. There’s a little story I tell about a small enlightening moment I had in the first few months I lived in Los Angeles.
I had stepped into a public restroom in a large major department store. One of those bathrooms with comfy sofas and gold trim. As I sat in my stall doing my thing, walled off from the other patrons – I overheard the neighboring conversations. There was a women and a child next door, talking “business” and a couple of older women near the sink having a little debate. I didn’t know that content of their discussions, because they were both happening in different languages. I understood neither language, but I made some assumptions based on the tone and the context. I remember thinking what an honor it was to be present while these folks were simply living their daily lives – in different languages. It made me feel connected to the world at-large.
I don’t know why this moment was so significant to me, or why such a small thing would touch me in such a profound way – but I have always had a desire to see, hear and feel the whole world.
There are more than 140 nationalities and 200 languages spoken in Los Angeles – for me it is heaven!
The city also has the distinction of being a place without a majority population creating a true ethnic vibrancy.