The Art of Creation | My Family Travels

     Since I was a child, I've loved to write stories. It's like my own superpower. If I wanted to, I could create a world that would never exist, or make any two people fall in love, or even end the world. I could express myself to the fullest without any wrong or right answers. Needless to say, I still love the art of creation and when my mother informed me I was going to with my Aunt to Hollywood, I was ecstatic!

     Hollywood to me, was where all the celebrities were, where some of the best films in history occurred. It was all I thought about on the go. Who was I going to see? What was I going to do? Could a little girl from Oklahoma handle the shock of Hollywood? The only way to answer my questions was to go to Hollywood and find out myself.

     I remember riding down the highway and looking at the mountains and palm trees, being overwhelmed I was actually there. The next thing I knew, we were looking for a place to park. I figured it would be quite a bit crowded though. Who wouldn't want to go to Hollywood?

     When we finally found a spot, my Aunt decided to warn me about Hollywood, "Tiara, I don't want you to take anything from anyone. Don't buy anything from here and keep up with us." I took that as a common warning. I didn't think too much of it as a strutted the streets of Hollywood.

     On the first street, I began to notice things I wasn't so fond of: trash everywhere; people were constantly hustling and handing things out; they were drinking and smoking and driving wildly. Hoboes in the streets begged for money and no one paid attention to where they were going; I was constantly bumped into and if I dare dropped something, I might as well kiss it goodbye.

     I realized something I never thought to think of; Hollywood was over-rated. From the stars on the ground to the billboards in the air,  it was nothing but a rundown, cheap, and tacky city. It was nothing close to what I dreamed. It nearly crushed my dreams and fantasies. I felt betrayed by media; it did me so wrong, like a punch in the stomach almost.

     Hollywood was a complete disappointment, but it doesn't change my opinion that writing is beautiful, in fact, it supported it. Whoever decided to make Hollywood seem like the most fun place in America is brilliant. He or she made a world all his own. And soon, I will too.

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