My experience on the last field trip honestly made me very pensive and actually forced me to evaluate the different meanings of a “bridge. ” Never had I thought of a bridge anything more than JUST a bridge. Simply something I or anyone else would use to cross over from one point to another… Simple. When the topic of a bridge was brought up the class before our fielder I indefinitely didn’t really focus my attention onto what Professor Paddle was trying to set us up for.
Once Saturday came along and we got the rubric while we were at Ruben F. Salary Park in LA I stopped and focused. Where am l? And how could this not be one of multiple bridges I have crossed in Just today? I thought about it more and more, once we reached Mariachi Plaza I realized that this too is another bridge. I finally came to the conclusion that everything In my life Is a bridge. Any experience I go through, any place I visit, and person I meet, or any opportunity at hand is a bridge.
A bridge in my opinion isn’t meeting that JUST connects one place to another but it is your fate. A bridge is an opportunity for life, to learn and experience. Whether that bridge Is keeping you connected to something or it Is keeping you apart from It. On Saturday as I crossed the LA River, later on did I go back and observed my emotions I felt as I crossed, and realized that at that moment I was connecting myself to different types of the LA World. On one side I saw more hardship, more people engaging, people walking, people LIVING, it all seemed like a big neighborhood.
While on the other side I felt more of an industrial feel, people working, people, on the go from one place or another, it felt as if it wasn’t about to stop at all times through the day there was no way it was ever going to stop, while on the other side some part of me felt as if that more “homey” side of LA, stopped at night and people took time to settle I saw the difference between the two, and it was a bridge. I also felt a bridge in the connection with the people. I felt as if they thought we were strangers, as if we in a way didn’t ally belong there?
I guess I realized that when you live in a place like Anaheim Hills you’re blinded by things like poverty, people who are homeless, things Like eating In hole-in-the-wall places with the most BOMB. COM scopes The bridge I felt with the people, in a way, made me sad. I was quick to assume that they probably knew that we weren’t from there, that maybe, Just maybe, we didn’t understand. Never had I felt that way before, and I had always gone to various parts of LA to be there with family or friends… There was something about that time that made me actually feel conscious of who I was and where I came from.
I indefinitely saw the way people sometimes stared at us wondering who we were. At a point in time we had a couple people ask us: Where we came from? And why we were there? In this point In, I felt Like the bridge was keeping me apart from the people who lived their lives there every day, in return I’m sure if they came and lived in the center of Anaheim Hills, they too would feel out of place and as if something was keeping them from earning about the different meanings of a bridge, the different possibilities of a bridge, and the things that bridge had to offer.
As a young teen I felt myself in the middle of a bridge trying to connect with the people, the lifestyle, the surroundings, the customs, the art, and the people that passed by me as I walked with my classmates… Overall, I’m grateful for bridges, they are the learning pieces that allow us to connect and disconnect with people, places, feelings, opportunities, etc.