Five Signs You Were Raised in the South

Five Signs You Were Raised in the South

If your accent doesn't give you away, then some of the customs and traditions definitely will.
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There are more than enough signs that can dictate you were raised in the South. Some of these signs can include your grandma's vocabulary or what you had for dinner. If your accent doesn't give you away, then some of the customs and traditions definitely will. Below are only five of the many signs that you were raised in the south.

1. Fireworks or Gunshots

Growing up with a firing range behind my house, I could never dictate whether guns were being shot, or fireworks were spraying across the sky. I assumed it was fireworks during July, but living in the south, it could easily be both.

2. Cornbread

I spent a lot of time with my grandparents when I was younger, and one food that was always on the table at every meal was cornbread. They lived for it, I on the other hand couldn't stand it and still can't to this day. For them it was and still is a staple.

3. "Yonder"

My great grandma, being as Southern as they come, uses this word to death. She can either mean five feet in front of her or ten miles down the road when she uses it. I always assumed it was the ten miles down the road option, considering she has her arm outstretched in front of her.

4. Mason Jars

Mason jars, in the Southern world, are used for more than just the storage of three year old pickles. Many families, mine included, use mason jars as makeshift glasses. So what there aren't any clean glasses, a mason jar will work just as well.

5. Deep Fried Everything

Being raised in the South, everything is deep fried. On one occasion, my great grandma fried some chicken wings, covered them in batter, and deep fried them again. I'm sure that in most Southern states, this is more than common.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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