a guest post by kailey
I was born and raised in Texas. I’ve never known anything other than living in this wonderful state. I love my sweet tea, Whataburger, high school football and chips & queso. I know what it’s like to sweat for 3 months straight in the summer, and be iced in for 2 days in February. And although it has its flaws (i.e. lack of seasons) there is a certain pride associated with Texas; we are very proud of our state. There’s a sense of camaraderie that can’t be captured or totally explained to those not from here. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve traveled out of the state or even the country and have met Texans and the conversations have been so sweet, because when you have Texas in common, everything else seems to fall into place.
With an infinitely loyal fan club of fellow Texans, Texas breeds dreamers. Texas gives hope. You can do anything and be anyone, because you’re from Texas, of course! You can live in Austin and do your part to keep it weird; you can have 2.5 kids and a house with a picket fence in a Houston suburb; you can join the corporate world in Dallas; you can shop ‘til you drop and eat your weight in Mexican food just about anywhere. You can be yourself and you can be a Texan, and your fellow Texans will be there to cheer you on. When Matthew McConaughey from little old Uvalde, Texas won an Oscar a few weeks ago, there was a beaming pride (that I know others felt too) to know that I had something in common with McConaughey; we are both from Texas.
I love this state but I didn’t always want to stay here. All through high school I had big dreams of going far away for college. I wanted to experience actual seasons and snow, I wanted to know what forests felt like up close. But when the time rolled around, I only ended up an hour and a half away. Halfway from home in Dallas to Austin, but contrary to my fear of the mundane, I have experienced more life and variety in Texas than I think I would have in other states. It’s a state I’m familiar with that I have always felt free to explore. I take day trips to Austin, fly out of Houston, visit my grandparents in the middle of nowhere with a lake in West Texas. Adventure takes different forms in different parts of the state, and it’s so wonderful to discover for yourself!
Everything about Texas feels like home to me, the people, the little places, the skyscrapers of Dallas and especially the sunsets. I’m free to explore and dream and I feel welcome no matter what.
It’s a great state; come visit sometime? We’d love to have y’all! 🙂
Kailey is a college senior learning to grow in chaos and appreciate the beauty of rainy days. She loves baking gluten-free and the memorable conversations a cup of coffee can bring. Her desire is to make the most of every day for the glory of Christ, to further His kingdom, and to find His glory in every aspect of her life.