Hey guys! Welcome back. I grew up in a town with fewer people than my college campus. I’m sure many of you can relate. There isn’t a Walmart nearby (it’s a twenty minute drive at least). There are only a few restaurants and not many things to do. Everyone knows everyone and there is no such thing as a true story. So transitioning to college wasn’t exactly easy for me. There were new people, new places, new things to do. I was experiencing so much and never knew where my head was. Eventually I got used to it and looking back it was a great experience.
But growing up in such a small community meant knowing everyone and knowing who you were related to. You are known as someone’s child or grandchild. And God forbid you resemble someone in your family because that is how people will recognize you. Everyone is on a first name basis and you learn all about each other in about twenty minutes.
Small towns mean small talk. Especially if you leave and then come back. So few people ever leave this town so when someone does it’s a huge deal. Everyone kind of expects glamorous stories and life-changing anecdotes. But the truth is sometimes it’s not all that different. Growing up in a small town gave me the perspective that the world is bigger than what we know and I was determined to see it. I wanted to learn more and open my mind unlike most people from this dinky little town.
Everyone dated everyone in high school. There was no such thing as fighting over someone because it happened so often that no one could ever really keep up. And when you were dating someone everyone knew about it regardless of how you felt about it. There was no such thing as privacy or secrets because everyone (even the teachers) knew what you were doing and who you were with.
As charming as it sounds to come from a place where you know everyone, there is a certain discomfort about it. You are expected to behave a certain way and live a certain way. If you don’t leave before you turn twenty you will end up married and/or pregnant. That’s just the way it goes. People often get stuck here or choose not to leave because they shallow and oppressed. It’s not their fault though, that’s how we were raised.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this small little chat about small town living. Let me know in the comments if you are from a small town and you agree with this. Please be sure to like this so I know if should do more things like this in the future. Comment any and every request you have. I’m running out of ideas. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!