19 Signs You Grew Up In A Small Town

  1. The local Tim Hortons is the hang out for everyone in town. (Canadian, eh?)
  2. There is that special local lingo that only the people from your small town will understand. Example: “baud.”
  3. You tend to list the next closest city because no one has ever heard of where your from.
  4. The college you went to is three times the size of your town. Or in my case, nine times.
  5. The town fair or parade is a huge deal. And even now you make a special trip home to attend.
  6. You knew your entire graduating class, and you’ve probably known most of them since kindergarten.
  7. You know the local store owners.
  8. You welcome the 30 minute drive it takes to go to the next largest city.
  9. Anything new opening your town is a huge deal.
  10. Your teachers always called you by your older sibling’s name. *And for the last time, my name is Brittany, not Nicole.
  11. You had at least one farm related summer job when you were a teenager because you mom said it “builds character”.
  12. You were stuck behind a tractor at least once a week.
  13. Barn parties were the norm, and the best place to get ~wasted~.
  14. “Hanging out” probably meant driving around blasting music because what else was there to do?
  15. When you are back in town to visit, no one asks you where you live now or what you do because they keep up on every detail of your life thanks to your parents.
  16. Or you haven’t visited but you know exactly what is happening in town, once again thanks to your parents.
  17. And you never do anything bad because you KNOW that everyone knows you and your parents and their phone numbers.
  18. You probably spent half of your life trying escape your small town.
  19. You will always have a soft spot for that teeny tiny place you call home.


It's Okay to Not Be Okay

But here are 10 things to make things a little less crappy.

Some days no matter how hard we try to have a good day, it just does not happen. Other days the big issues in our lives catch up to us like a wave meeting the shore. We can find ourselves caught up in the undertow of life. This is more than a guide for myself, it is for anyone who finds themselves in a mood of unease or unhappiness. This is a list of things that can make a bad day feel a little less crappy.

  1. Brew yourself a cup of something warm. As the Dutch call “een bakje troost”, which translates to “a small cup of comfort”, a tea can not fix our problems, but can help calm our minds.
  2. Listen to music you like. It is easy to fed into our sad or upset mood by playing sad music. But merely by playing something happy, it can alter a mood and make everything feel better.
  3. Go to your happy place- physically or mentally. For obvious reasons, relaxing a bit will help in moving through what is making us upset.
  4. Call someone you love. Either to talk about our problems to or just chat with.Talking with people we like can help make sure we do not feel lonely.
  5. Go for a walk. It allows us to clear our minds and get out of own heads a bit. Plus a bit of light exercise never hurt anyone.
  6. Make a list. If things cannot be solved, make a plan. If there does not seem to be a solution, phone a friend. *too much thinking can be our own enemy, get a second opinion
  7. Choose happiness. Make it as simple as a light switch and flick it on. This is not really a long-term solution, but it can help in the moment.

We cannot always be alright, in fact are we ever really alright? The point is to not get too down and allow ourselves to be happy, because we deserve at least that.