Embracing “Ya’ll”

I haven’t always been the biggest fan of my southern heritage.

It’s not I so much ‘hated’ where I’m from, more like I wish I grew up living in a big city like NYC, or next to shore of Cali.

There’s so much interesting things going on out there, and so little going on here.

But as I’ve grown older, I’ve changed my tune. (which is something only an old person would say)

There is benefits and downsides to every place, and as long as we refuse to let the downsides control our thoughts, we can embrace any place we call home (…with in reason of course :).

It’s like that old saying (which I will now enjoy butchering to pieces), Be it time or space, the farther away you are from where you grew up, the closer you feel to it and miss it.

I miss the endless days of summer. I miss cul-de-sac games, and living without the need of worry and anxiety that adults tend to worry about.

There’s comfort and peace of mind in heritage, these are the things we should embrace and cling to when our world is spinning us like a top.

There’s also things which we disagree with about our heritage, and that’s okay too. This isn’t an all or nothing. Cherry-pick the good, remove the bad.

I think my big qualm with my southern heritage (to use big-sized words for kid-sized problems) was that heritage is painted in broad strokes: You’re from the south so you’re expected to live and be and certain way, and that way sets your limitations.

But if you think about it for a moment, that’s not true. Why else would the majority of stories we tell and enjoy, from Lord of the Rings to The Holiday, feature soon to be heroes / protagonists coming from small origins doing big things in their world?

Heritage doesn’t define you, nor what you are capable of.

It’s more like heritage paints accents on who you are, and adds flavor to your character and charm if you let it.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh W.

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