How You Know You've Found Your True Hometown

How You Know You've Found Your True Hometown

Where do you consider to be your hometown?

What is a hometown? Is it the town you where born in? Is it the town you grew up in? Or, is it the town that you currently live in? Those are a few questions that I myself have been pondering for some time now.

And, with the publications of articles like “38 things you learned if you grew up in the South” by and other similar articles, it begins to grow on a person of what they would determine as their hometown if they moved around as a child.

Personally, I believe that the town that you feel like you grew and prospered the most as a person would be your hometown. I don’t think that just because you spent the first twelve years in one town makes it your hometown.

Did you physically grow there? Yes. Did you collect most of your years there? Yes. But does that mean that you learned what you know about life in that one little town? Not necessarily. And if it doesn't feel like home when you go back, then it probably isn't your hometown.

(I really hope that y’all kind of get the gist of what I’m trying to say.)

For example, I spent the vast majority of my life in Massachusetts but then there was a time in my life where I was down South. I went to High School down South and even earned my diploma down there. I feel like if it hadn’t been for that move and transition in lifestyles, I wouldn’t be part of the person that I am today. I’m not saying that I learned everything that I needed to possibly learn down there or that I'm as wise as someone much older than I. But what I am trying to say is that where you realized that you are the person that you are is where you grew up. For many of you, I really hope that your hometown is the town you were born in. But for those that didn’t have that luxury, do you know what I mean?

According to the Oxford Dictionary a hometown is "the town where one was born or grew up, or the town of one's present fixed residence." With this being said, does that mean that a person can count a town that they only lived in for four or five years as their hometown if they did all of their growing there? If you feel like that's what the Oxford Dictionary was trying to convey with the definition, then go for it!

I want you to feel comfortable sharing those articles about growing up in the south if that’s where you feel like home is. Or heck, even just to say that you’re from the south and proud of it. I know for me, even though here I am going to Elms and living in Massachusetts again, I consider the south to be my home.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

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.

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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
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Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

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Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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