Always Remember Your Roots
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Always Remember Your Roots

Learn about all the new places that you can, but never forget where came from.

Always Remember Your Roots

I am a born and raised Southerner. South Louisiana will always be the place that I call home. It is in my blood and every fiber of my being. I am proud to say it, and you will more than likely hear it in my vocabulary if you ever speak to me.

Since recently moving to Kansas, I have realized just how unique the South is. It is nothing like living in the Mid-west. While Louisiana has trees, sugar cane, and water just about everywhere you look, my part of Kansas has rolling hills, windmills, and pastures.

While I love both of these places (they will each hold a piece of my heart forever) I can't help but notice how quick some are to adapt to a new way of living. When I was preparing myself to move, I thought I would hold on to my southern characteristics with now problem. I have seen over the past few months that I have definitely picked up a more mid-western way of living.

Now, it is not a bad thing. It makes sense to adapt to the place that you are living in. While it shouldn't be considered a survival mechanism, it is a natural instinct to want to fit into your surroundings. If I were have made a point to continue to live the way I did in south Louisiana in Kansas, I really would have a hard time making friends.

I just got back to Manhattan, KS after a week trip home to see my family. While it was all familiar to me, the culture that I have grown up in seemed kind of foreign to me. In just seven months, I have become accustomed to living a different kind of lifestyle.

Again, I do not see this as a negative thing. Part of what drew me out of the South was wanting to experience new ways of life. Going to places I have never been before and understanding how they make their lives. It is something that has peaked my interest for quite some time, and I finally decided to pursue it.

I think after my time home, I am surprised by how much of my culture I have kind of let go of. I am proud to be a Cajun, but I just don't embrace it as much when I am away from my people. Since it is a part of who I am, I want to carry my culture with me wherever I go, but part of me realized that it could be very easy to leave it in the past.

If I did decide to, I could totally change my way of life and never look back. It is surprisingly easy to grow away from the life that you have known, and embrace one that is totally different. My take away from my time home is just to continue to embrace who I am and where I come from.

There is no shame in throwing around my southern slangs, even if I get some weird looks. I don't tend to have a thick accent, but when it comes out, I'm gonna rock it, honey. Mainly, I just want to be true to myself, past and future.

I encourage you to keep growing, keep learning and keep living your life to the fullest. Never apologize for where you came from. Learn how to incorporate where you come from into the places that you will be going. Always remember your roots.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments