I love Texas. I have lived in the Lone Star State since I was 5. Before then I lived in New Jersey and Maryland, but I don't really remember it. I have little memories of snow... but other than that there isn't much. I fit the cliche saying, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could!" My brother fits it better though; he was literally 3 months old when my family moved here!
I love Texas, but a lot of typical Texas stuff it has taken me a while to adjust to, being born a Yankee and all. I don't own cowboy boots, although I really want some. They're just super expensive! Last semester I went to a western semi-formal wearing boots that fit, but they didn't have quite the same effect. This past summer I started to like country music... I used to hate it. I've started playing guitar in the last few months. I drive all over Texas! I35 and I are besties! During the month of October I was in Austin the first weekend, Dallas the second, San Antonio the third, and Waco the forth... not to mention other places I've driven over the past year.
I love Texas. I love looking out over the hills as I'm driving and just enjoying God's creation! I love the heat (crazy yes), the bluebonnets, the Christian culture, and the barbeque. I would not trade growing up here at all!
However, one this that I have grown to hate is that I feel like I'm thrown into a box. Now this doesn't have to do with Texas specifically, but Texas/Baylor/Republican land/Bible belt/going into ministry....
People assume that because of all those things, that I have specific views on things. No, just because I am a Christian, go to Baylor, and am a religion major does not mean that I hate homosexuality. In fact, I don't. I have a lot of good friends that are homosexual, and am pro gay marriage because of the separation of church and state. Then it's the church's decision to marry them or not. I am pro-choice... I don't think the government should have a say in whether I choose to abort a child or not, although I personally cannot see myself doing that. And honestly, much to my friends and family's disdain, I am between liberal and conservative on economic issues.
I am not a republican. I am not your typical southern Baptist Christian. Going to Baylor has actually just made me more liberal.
I love Texas, I really really do. I want to get married and raise a family here. But at this stage in my life, I want to get out. I want to experience more of the world and not be stuck inside this Christian bubble. Don't get me wrong, I love it... it's just time to get my wings out and fly.