15 Things People Who Grew Up In Houston Know To Be True

15 Things Only People Who Grew Up In Houston, Texa Know To Be True

Only in Houston, TX, baby.

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Beyonce, the rodeo, Tex-Mex, and the ever so amazing NASA Space Center are probably some of the first things that come to mind when you think about Houston. But, there's more to the city than that — it is the fourth largest city in the country and is known for its crazy driving culture, diverse population, and a metro area that is bigger than the state of New Jersey.

I spent my first 18 years of life in the city and I couldn't be more in love with the place I am from.

Without further ado, 15 things that you'll only recognize (and know well) about Houston if you grew up there.

1. Tex-Mex

I kid you not, the first thing that I smelled when I got off the plane and into the airport was a restaurant that was Tex-Mex and my first thought was "Welcome to Texas."

2. The non-stop construction on SH 288

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It seems like it is different literally every day.

3. HEB and BUC-EE'S

Two places that are totally Texas.

4. Feeders

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This is what Houstonians call the interstate/highway access road.

5. The legend of the Astrodome

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Built as the world's first indoor air-conditioned domed stadium in 1965 and despite being abandoned, it still remains today.

6. The never ending struggle that is the traffic

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It literally sometimes takes 45 minutes to get to Houston from Houston.

7. Weather with a mind of its own

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i kid you not, it can go from sunny and hot to cold and rain all within the span of a few hours.

8. Mattress Mack and the Galley Furniture commercials

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Or even just getting to see the store for yourself.

9. And the many other shopping options

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Including, IKEA, the Galleria, Highland Village, and much, much more.

10. NASA

The Space Center was (and still is) home to the command center from the times of the many space shuttle launches. Tours are still being done today and it's a place I, myself, have been to several times.

11. The "Be Someone" graffiti

And to think that such an iconic Houston symbol was covered recently and then recreated.

12. When it come to rodeo season, we take it serious

And i mean full on dressing up. This includes boots, hats, you name it.

13. The Killen's Chain

Now, this is specific to Pearland (a smaller suburban city outside of Houston) but they are still a well-known couple of restaurants. The chain includes a burger place, a BBQ place, a steakhouse, and Tex-Mex

14. It's one of the leading innovators in medicine

The Medical Center in Downtown is huge and plays a key role in this fact.

15. No matter where you go, it will always be home

Even if you're in another country for a while.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.
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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
Cover Image Credit: Sara Donnelli Photography

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