Why I Am Grateful For Being Raised In Oklahoma

Why I Am Grateful For Being Raised In Oklahoma

"It's always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it" -Anthony Burgess
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We’ve all heard of the play Oklahoma. The majority of us, whether from Oklahoma or not, can recite the lyrics from the play and recognize the tunes within seconds of their exposure.

Arguably, the play Oklahoma is one of the most popular things to emerge about the state. The OKC Thunder is probably the most popular thing to emerge out of the state and Carrie Underwood is currently the most popular person to be born in the state. But, the most popular thing about the state as a whole should be the people you find living within it.

Growing up in Oklahoma was a unique experience. Depending on where you live, you find yourself exposed to city life, suburban life and country life in a matter of a 20-minute drive. It’s not all rolling hills and farm animals; it’s a place filled with generosity, hospitality and some of the best home-grown meals you will ever taste.

Oklahoma is a state known for its odd shape and western vibes but really it’s much more. The people you meet in Oklahoma will treat you the same as their own neighbors no matter where you come from. My decision to leave was not made lightly.

Oklahoma will always be my home and will always own a piece of my heart no matter where I end up. It’s unlike any other place that I have been to. The people are unlike any others I have come to know. The love for community is stronger than any I have witnessed elsewhere.

Oklahoma has its flaws, as all places do, but it’s a one-of-a-kind state that is often overlooked. Whether from the country, the suburbs or the downtown area, the people all have one thing in common: their kind hearts. If you ever need to restore your hope in humanity, take a quick trip to Oklahoma and I promise you will leave with a replenished heart.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Success Is Not Defined By One Factor

Success cannot be defined by only one thing; people have different definitions of success

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What is success? According to Dictionary.com, the main definition of success is "the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals." Dictionary.com also defines success as "the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.

"Wealth, position, or honors." These are the key things that most people think are needed to be successful, and they are so integrated with the idea of success that they appear in many textbook definitions of "success." Many people strive for fame or fortune in pursuit of what tends to be deemed as "success." People will look at those who are rich or in a position of power and go, "Wow, they are really successful." If someone gets a high paying job a few years after college, they are successful. If someone gets promoted, they are successful. If someone gets a 4.0 and graduates with honors, they are successful. While these things are all measures of success, they aren't all the word "success" encompasses.

Success means different things to different people. Everyone has different goals and things they strive for in life. While some may go for high achievement, money, or power, others may strive towards other things they'd define as a successful life. Success can be following one's passions and working their dream job, regardless of how much their salary is. Success may be found in relationships, family, travel, or just about anything. Success does not have to be found in stereotypical ways; if you aren't rich or famous, it doesn't mean you aren't successful.

Define success on your own terms. Don't let a standard definition drive what you think you need to do to achieve success. Success cannot be defined by only one thing; everyone has different definitions of success. Don't be afraid to create your own definition, even if it breaks the mold.

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