Lessons learned living in the South/from life in general over the past 2 years:
- Some stereotypes are shockingly accurate. Others shockingly not. Either way, moving to GA was a huge culture shock.
- Things literally move slower down South, and that’s okay. In fact, sometimes it’s kind of nice.
- Racism is still very much alive
- Diversity is important. That means more than black/white.. without it, people are culturally handicapped and largely incompetent for today’s world (no sugar coating, sorry, but it’s true)
- I attribute much of the political ignorance and misinformation throughout these here Southern States to Fox News being the main news source (unbiased, really)
- Most times grown up things sound much more exciting than they actually are.
- Being alone and being lonely are two very distinct feelings, neither of which requires the other to be true
- Self motivation and self discipline are much harder when you have only yourself to motivate and discipline you
- People are generally nicer and more polite down South
- Agriculture is so critical to our country yet the farmers are the ones suffering most (sounds familiar #savepanjab)
- America is not all that much better than everyone else…. Food deserts amidst hundreds of acres of farmland are not okay
- Obesity is not made up. The rates are not made up. It is clearly evident what a problem it is, especially in the Bible Belt.
- Fried chicken is not made up :p
- Publix is the coolest grocery store ever and no place up north will compare. Wegmans though?
- You get 0% of what you don’t ask for.
- Boredom and loneliness can make you do very questionable things.
- I need a fast paced lifestyle to thrive. Or else I’ll turn into a blob.
- When shit hits the fan and nothing is going your way, there will always be random kind strangers that help and they will change the way you view humanity forever.
- “Religiousness” has no bearing on how solid a person is, how loyal of a friend, or how willing to lend a hand. Though in my book, it should.
- Sometimes you make friends with the most unexpected folks.
- Money is hard earned easily spent.
- Keeping in touch with friends that aren’t around you is essential and critical to your well being. (thanks to my beautiful inner circle for the countless hours on gchat, skype, phone etc keeping me sane)
- Be careful what you wish for because it will almost certainly always come true in some way or another.
- Gur maerae sang sadhaa hai naalai. No like really… Literally… Seriously. God and Guru are always by your side, and as long as you recognize and embrace Maharaaj’s guiding hand, everything is always okay.
There’s so much more but I’m gonna stop here. Gurprasaad, I came here and gurprasaad I am leaving. Thankful for both :) On to the next adventure.