December 18, 2013

The Thankful Project: Something You Were Taught

Continuing my way through The Thankful Project in my own little way, today I'm focusing on Day 11's prompt: "something you were taught."

At 22 years old, I've been learning for some time now, and I've been taught many things by many people. But out of all the things I've absorbed throughout the years, there is one lesson, for lack of a better term, that has truly made me the person that I am today. Something that I've been taught that I am oh so grateful for is...

I have lived in the South my entire life. I was born and raised in Georgia, and it holds such a big piece of my heart that I'm having a hard time coming to terms with the possibility of having to leave this state after college. It's who I am, and I couldn't have asked for a better state to call my own. (Ironically enough, the photo above wasn't taken in Georgia. In fact, it was taken just south of the Georgia line on Fernandina Beach in Florida. But I digress.)

By growing up in Georgia, I have learned all there is to know about the southern way of life. I've learned about:
+ minding my Ps and Qs
+ giving a firm handshake
+ not discussing personal or financial matters
+ writing thank you notes
+ blessing hearts
+ and not dressing like a floozy

I've been taught about manners and how to kill with kindness. I've been taught about old-fashioned values and the importance of being reserved. I've been taught how to have tact and class without being a pushover. I'm a southern girl through and through, and I'm proud of it.

And I'm not saying my northern counterparts don't learn all these lessons, but I think almost all people, regardless of where they're from, can agree that the South is just...different. Down here, we say "y'all," and we speak slow, and we have a our signature southern drawl. We don't have white christmases, and we don't have much of a fall or spring either. And we like our porches big and our tea sweet.

My whole life I've learned what it means to be southern. It's a lifestyle that I was blessed to be brought into, and it's a way of life that I firmly stand behind. I can only hope that I'll be able to instill these same values and lessons into my own family whenever that day comes.

What have you been taught that you're thankful for?
Leave a comment, and let me know!

Other Thankful Project posts:
A Memory
A Job

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