Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Living in the Wild Wild West

I live in the west of Sydney. I have been living in the west now for about 9-10 months.

I have always lived in the east. I know the east as my home. I get so homesick whenever i go to any of my old east side haunts. Including the city.

The west has so many stigmas attached to it, but I'm not one to really buy into any of that. I like to make up my own mind about things.

Some of the generalisations include;

There are so many thugs out here,

Its not a safe place to bring up a family, let alone go for a jog or walk on your own,

That there is a massive amount of people dealing and doing drugs, as well as guns

And not to mention all the Muslims and bikie gangs!

Well from my experience so far, it has not been like that at all.

I have to ashamedly admit that I was a little scared at first, of living out here.

I kept telling myself I don't want to be around any of the above mentioned things!
I was really quite nervous about going out on my own, for the first time. I don't know what was going through my head that I thought to even be worried at all.

The riots that happened in Sydney on 15th September, scared the shit out of me. My beloved Sydney City was under siege!

Wtf happened? How did a stupid YouTube video get so out of hand?

I am one of the first people that can understand being passionate about something. I am almost always like this. Well I like to call it passion, some may say I'm headstrong and stubborn :P

Surely there are other ways of dealing with a video that has pissed you off so much, that you recruit your young children to hold behead those that insult the prophet signs! Wtf?

Again it is a YOUTUBE VIDEO!

I am a mixed race. My dad is Greek and when I went to school in the 80's I was called a 'wog.' I was bullied.

I was even automatically admitted to ESL, purely based on my full name, my full 'wogy' name. I hope to NEVER send my child to such an ignorant school. I want her to go to a school that tolerates all kinda of mixed races and cultures. And none that are religious either. I would like her to make up her own mind about such things. She could be Buddhist, or a witch or even belong to the Star Wars Academy, for all I would care. Sorry dad.....

I will hopefully teach her right from wrong and to be the best person she can be. Not to judge people on their names, sexual orientation, their colour, or anything. Even if they are wearing a hijab, or hare krishna robes or they might possibly even have heaps of tattoos *gasp!* She's just not allowed near those young girls I see running around shopping centres in really short shorts, flirting with boys, they scare me more than anyone! Nope she's not allowed to be friends with them....




2 comments:

  1. Yay well done.

    Those riots didn't even make any sense whatsoever.
    I have lived in the west nearly my entire life. It is not as bad as people think. I would hate my children to live in a bubble and be ignorant.

    I have to admit though. Some parts are pretty bad, and you would never see things like that occur in the North Shore or eastern, eastern suburbs. I had a job in Mount Druitt for 2 years. That was a different world. What an eye opener. But the people I worked with who lived there were hands down LOVELY! So open and giving. I had some of the best social times with those ladies.

    Just for the record. There is NOTHING wrong with Blacktown. I never lived there, but was sort of nearby. I had a study friend that lived there and it is a nice place. It is quiet. Large blocks with affordable houses. I would raise my child there. Blacktown Westpoint goes off! Love the huge Kmart. The cinemas. Level 4!!! They got bowling and a gym hahahah

    Now though. Auburn kinda scares me. That place is getting incredibly run over. I would still eat a meal out there and visit people at night and shop in the mall there. But I have seen some stuff go down there EVERY TIME I HAVE VISITED! EVERYTIME! Driving through, stop at an intersection and see 2 cars side by side and some drugs change hands. Seen 2 teenagers running for their life after stealing a laptop. But I don't fear for my own safety. Keep to yourself, they are not after you. They are not going to bother you.

    Anywooo. Plus I work at a court house. So I sort of become aware of places where crime goes down. Make a little mental note.
    And to be honest, I hardly see anything come from the Northern Beaches or North Shore except for the suburbs around Manly. (And I kinda think, how boring. hahahah I do. I would want my kids to sort of get some kind of exposure. I dislike really naive people. I feel that they are uneducated)

    Anyways, i could go on and on. But I think I should stop.

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  2. I loved this line " I would like her to make up her own mind about such things. She could be Buddhist, or a witch or even belong to the Star Wars Academy, for all I would care." I have a friend who says she doesn't mind how her boys turn out as long as they don't come home with a ladette (I guess the girls in the short shorts! :P).

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