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  • Writer's pictureRobert Hightower

A friend indeed

Updated: Apr 10

When Mark moved to Los Angeles, he had big dreams. He would be famous, make it big in Hollywood, and become a household name. But as he soon discovered, the road to fame was much longer and more complex than he thought. Mark spent his days going to auditions and networking events, trying to make connections and get his name out there. But despite his best efforts, he needed to get closer to his dream. He was starting to lose hope. One day, walking down the street, he saw a homeless man begging for change. The man looked up at him, and Mark could see the pain and desperation in his eyes. It was a wake-up call for him. He realized that he had been so focused on his own dreams that he had forgotten about the struggles of others.

Mark started volunteering at a local homeless shelter, helping serve meals and organize events. He found that he enjoyed giving back to the community, giving him a sense of purpose that he had never felt before. As he continued volunteering, Mark met people who had also moved to Los Angeles to chase their dreams. But unlike Mark, they had found other passions along the way. One woman was pursuing a career in social work, another man was writing a screenplay, and another was studying to be a nurse.

Mark realized that there was more to life than fame and fortune. He had been so focused on becoming famous that he had forgotten what mattered - family, friends, and making a difference in the world.

As he continued to volunteer and meet new people, Mark felt a sense of purpose that he had never felt before. He was no longer just chasing fame - he was building a life. He started taking film production classes, and he found that he enjoyed the behind-the-scenes work just as much as the on-camera work. Years passed, and Mark never became the famous movie star he had dreamed of. But he was happy. He had a community of friends who shared his passion for giving back, and he had found his own niche in the film industry. One day, Mark was walking down the street and saw the same homeless man he had seen years before. But this time, he didn't just walk past him - he stopped and talked to him. Mark asked the man his name, and he replied joyfully, "My name is Derek." Mark realized that he had come full circle. He had started his journey chasing fame but ended up finding himself.

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