Growing Up In A Small Town Doesn't Mean You're Stuck There

Growing up in a small town doesn't mean you're stuck there

You don't have to be stuck where you are but always remember where you come from.

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My whole life I have been born and raised in a small little country town. In my town everyone's next door neighbor is most likely a family member.

Everyone in my town goes to the same high school and the parents went to that high school as well; even some grandparents attended that high school. As for me, I was a fourth generation leaving Gaston High School.

Where I come from, everyone senior year whoops and hollers about how they can't wait to get out of that small town. They can't wait to leave. They can't wait to do something more than they are doing right now.

However, as much as they holler those phrases most of them never leave and end up stuck in that small town. I was never one of those kids that were just dying to get away from everything. Yes, I want to learn, explore, and see bigger things but I've never taken my small town for granted.

When I graduated high school I left. Now when I'm about to start my fourth year of college I'm only 30 minutes away from that small town and couldn't be happier.

Yes, we all want to get out of the circumstances we are in, but sometimes if you try too hard you might wind up stuck there. It's usually the ones who want to get out the most that get stuck.

Just because I was raised in a small town doesn't mean I'm stuck there. I'm free to leave whenever I want. However, as I get older I find myself not wanting to go as far off as I once wanted to.

I find myself looking for job opportunities at an arm's length away. I find myself thinking more about when I get married and have kids do I really want to be that far from my mom and dad?

Another thing about small towns, when and if you leave always remember to come back. Don't be ashamed of where you are from. Take pride in your community, school, and people.

Remember one day when you are sitting in a nice big plush office the people that got you there. Remember those small town people and they'll remember you. Don't be the girl (or boy) that leaves and trash talks the small town. Be proud of your small town and remember that you aren't stuck there because you control your destiny.

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2. Go to the movies

Go see the latest movie out, grab some popcorn and soda and have a friend tag along.

3. Dave and Busters

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You have been dying to go somewhere for awhile, why can't your birthday be the perfect time to go on a getaway?

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6. Happy Hour with friends/family

Appetizers and beers, what else could you want?

7. Go to a brewery

Grab some brews with a couple of friends, be social on your day!

8. Bar/club scene

If you are into going down to the strip to go to a club or a bar to get wild, just do it on your birthday!

9. Have a beach party (if your birthday is in the summer)

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10. Go go-karting

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11. Trampoline park

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13. Go hiking

Why not see beautiful scenery on your special day?

14. Go to breakfast or brunch

If you love breakfast and lunch,combine them and grab a mimosa or a bloody mary while you're at it.

15. Do a spa day

Need relaxation and a little getaway, a spa day is perfect.

16. Get a hotel

Hotel on the beach? Where everything is in sight, why not?

17. Break out into your song of the day,

"I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22. Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you. You don't know about me, but I bet you want to. Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we're 22 uh uh ah ah ah 22 uh uh uh" by the one and only TayTay Swift

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Grandma always understood my love for this toy. Every kid should experience the magic of the Easy Bake Oven.

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