What Mississippi has taught me
Now that my time in Mississippi is coming to an end I feel i should reflect on the things I have learned about myself, those closest to me and the world.
- •By the time I leave Mississippi i will have lived here for 1 year 3 months and 1 week.I'm not going to lie, it was a year longer than I thought I would have lasted.
- •I moved here to get closer to some family members I so desperately needed in my life and it turned out they did not need me in their lives.Rejection and neglect at a young age is damaging. Rejection and neglect as an adult is a learning experience.
- •People are weird no matter where you goIt takes all kinds to make the world go round. But do we need so many of them?
- •All places in the south are not created equal.I have spent my entire life in the southern part of the US. No one told this town what century it is.
- •It is possible this town is sponsored by Mountain DewI learned that Mountain Dew is a breakfast beverage out here. No thank you.
- •Morbid obesity is not only the norm here it is glamorized.I was shocked when people commented on my weight loss. They were actually insulted when I said I needed to lose weight. Their response "why are you trying to be skinny?"
- •Don't get me wrong, I am a curvy woman but I also eat healthy and exercise regularly.I have been asked to talk about my diet and exercise routine as if I am telling a fairy tale. Some people have been shocked and amazed at the amount of vegetables I consume.
- •I have learned to survive with very little. And not be consumed by fear and hate.When you step outside of your comfort zone you are forced to sink or swim.
- •I have grown in ways I could never have imagined and I will soon be going farther than I ever dreamed.
- •Of course there are a million things I wish I would have done differently.But this chapter would have a very different ending if I did.