8 Struggles of Living in a Small Town
Living in a small town can have its up and downs, and let's face it - the struggle can be real. Here are eight of those struggles (even though we absolutely still love it.)
Want to eat out? I love my small town restaurants, they are all wonderful. But sometimes you just want Sonic or McDonalds. Have fun on that 30 minute plus drive to the closest big town to get your fast food.
The dating world. The truth is you end up either dating one of your friend's siblings, ex, or cousins (let’s hope that’s not the case) but that's normal in a school with 60 kids. When a new kid comes to your school, pretty much every girl or guy attacks them and tries to date them because you have pretty much dated everyone else. It is rough.
FFA? Everyone is in FFA - it brings everyone together... except when it comes time to run for chapter office. The week before banquet when you find if you got an office is the most nerve-racking week of your life, everyone is on edge and some fighting may occur.
At least one of your teachers is also your volleyball, basketball, track coach and the sports administer for your school.
One of your parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents works at the school. In my case, my mom works at my school. They know if you failed your big test or bombed a pop quiz before you even find out. Your mom knows all the school drama before you even tell her. Having them work there makes it hard to get away with slacking off or showing up to school late.
No one knows where your town is. Whenever someone asks where you’re from, your standard response is, “You probably haven’t heard of it. It’s about an hour east of [insert name of a medium-to-large city nearby].”
Your plans are the same every weekend - driving around and wasting gas. The biggest struggle of that is filling your vehicle up with gas than driving around for five hours but for some reason, we keep doing it. It’s because we live in a small town with nothing else to do.
Everyone knows everything about your life. People will always know your business. No matter what. Everyone knows when someone gets pregnant, cheats on a test, gets a in a fight with friends, or gets a new phone. If you don't know what's going on, you can just ask someone. I guarantee you they've heard something, whether it's true or not.
At the end of the day we love our small towns because everyone is there for everyone at the end of the day.