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Centro De Leon (Main Plaza), Mexico
One of my most favorite trips was when I went to Mexico in February in 2015. It was a very memorable trip. I felt happy to be with my family and see new places, but I also felt sad to see the people without money and living on the streets. A day that I remember very well was when I want to the Centro De Leon (Main Plaza).
The sky was clear, and it was sunny. I felt excited walking through one of the entrances to the plaza with my dad, mom, and sister. Something that I liked about the plaza was that it was an outdoor plaza. I was looking around and saw many people talking and walking to stores nearby, I could tell that they all were happy/content. Then I saw some Men kneeling down to other people’s shoes holding a cloth. “What are the guys doing?” I said wondering and pointing at the men. “They are shoe shiners. They clean and also fix other people’s shoes who go to them.” my dad said. I noticed some of the people who were getting their shoe fixed or cleaned, we’re sitting in really big chairs. I kept looking at the person with the shoe and soon realized that he was fixing the bottom of the shoe. He first put the shoe backwards on a platform, and then started pounding in the bottom of the shoe with a hammer. I also noticed he had a toolbox with things to fix the shoes like a hammer and some extra nails. I could tell that most of the people cleaning and fixing the shoes, enjoyed their job which was surprising to me because most people don’t like to work.
I then kept walking with my family to the other part of the main plaza to enter a building and then noticed a few people that were sitting on the edge of the street and their clothes were kind of dirty and ripped. I then figured out they were homeless pretty quickly and immediately felt really sad. I thought to myself “They probably don’t even have enough money to buy food and water sometimes.” I felt like I had butterflies in my stomach because I felt so bad for them. “Can I give them some money?” I asked my mom and dad. “Yes, here are some pesos (Mexican currency)” my mom said while taking the money out of her pocket and handing it to me. “But you can only give one person the money because we don’t have enough money to give all of them.” I thanked my mom and thought about what she said. It was true that we didn’t have enough money to give to all of them so I had to choose one person. That made me nervous to choose just one person because I knew that they all needed the money. I didn’t want to choose a person to get the money based on their looks/how they looked because I felt like that wasn’t right and it isn’t always accurate, but it was the only option I felt I had because I couldn’t just go right up to the person and ask them if they needed the money more than the other person. I finally made my decision and chose an elderly man who was sitting on a blanket and had a jar in front of him. I felt like he needed the money more, so I told my mom that I was going to give him the money. My mom said okay, so she, my dad, my sister, and I, walked to the side of the street that he was on. I bent down and gently put the pesos into her jar. “Gracias” he said. I smiled at him and was hopeful that he would use the money wisely. As we were walking to a building I felt really proud and good that I had given the man the money.
Something I learned from this experience was that there is a lot of poor people in this world and you can’t help every single one of them, but you can still help one person, even if it’s just a little bit, because maybe what you do for that person can make a big difference to/for them and you’ll feel good about what you did.