Growing up, I was always happy to be where I lived. I wasn't too far from in town, I had neighbors but not a ton, and I could enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. I never had wished to live anywhere else and as I grew up, I gained more appreciation for my home and where it was. You never really fully appreciate where you live or come from until you have to actually leave it; something I've realized after recently embarking on my next chapter of my life. As you leave, you can see the special things that makes your home, well home. You hear from other people what it was like where they grew up and how different it was from where you lived, or similar. I didn't find too many people with similar situations as me, that being growing up in a small town. The following are signs that you too, grew up in a small town, some evident more than others.
3. Everything closes very early.
10. Your town isn't on a map.
11. People have never heard of where you live.
“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:
1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.
True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.
2. You ALWAYS get carded.
Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.
3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.
So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.
4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.
You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."
5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.
If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.
6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.
I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.
7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.
We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.
8. Being handed a kids' menu.
This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".
Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.
So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to live in New York City. I've been to a lot of places and this one is by far my favorite of them all.
Not only does this city have the ability to make me feel so incredibly alive, but every single time I have visited, I have left ready to conquer anything and everything that comes my way.
There is just something about the bright lights, busy streets, and hustle of this city that is unbelievably inspiring and admirable to me. It really is the concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
A trip to New York City is always a good idea, and you will never run out of things to do and see. So if you aren't quite convinced you want to see The Big Apple for yourself yet, here are a couple of reasons why you should.
#1 The Buildings.
It wouldn't be NYC without the buildings after all. The architecture is, to put it lightly, f***ing amazing. The linear streets, mix between old and new designs, and all of the unique colors and lights are beautiful beyond belief and pictures don't do them enough justice.
#2 The Culture.
Known as the melting pot of the world, the city is so beautifully diverse compared to the rest of the country and it's incredible to be able to see all of the cultural differences all throughout one city.
#3 The Food.
Two words: Pizza and Bagels. I can not stress this enough, EAT ALL OF THE PIZZA AND BAGELS! I literally think I could live off of those two things. Another good thing about New York is that you can eat for super cheap if you are on a budget, because theres guaranteed to be a pizza place on every block with $1 slices and food vendors lined up on the sidewalks with hot dogs and pretzels.
#4 The Entertainment.
Broadway shows, Off Broadway, Concerts, Comedy, Art, you name it and it's there. Anything you could ever want to do, you can do in this city. One of my favorite shows I've been to was the Blue Man Group. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to pee my pants, and I liked it so much I even went back for a second time!
No matter who you are or what you like to do, this city has something to offer you! I truly believe that everyone needs to experience this city at least once in their lifetime. So start planning, save up, and go explore! And if you end up hating it....at least you can get pizza for a dollar a slice.