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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. People are weird no matter where you go
    It takes all kinds to make the world go round. But do we need so many of them?
  4. 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.
  5. It is possible this town is sponsored by Mountain Dew
    I learned that Mountain Dew is a breakfast beverage out here. No thank you.
  6. 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?"
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I have grown in ways I could never have imagined and I will soon be going farther than I ever dreamed.
  10. Of course there are a million things I wish I would have done differently.
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    But this chapter would have a very different ending if I did.