A Midwest Girl With An East Coast Mindset

You can take the girl out of Topeka, but you can’t take the Topeka out of the girl.

For most of you reading this, I’m sure you have no idea what Topeka is, and I really don’t blame you. (It is the capital of Kansas. Just trying to save you the trip to Google.) I’m sure my parents had their reasons for raising me there but I don’t feel like I would agree with any of them.

Growing up, I went to school with the same people from kindergarten until I was a senior in high school. I was a cheerleader, on student council, and had about one friend. And that’s exactly how I wanted it. Being from Kansas, you really don’t see much. You have the occasional cornfield, farm, theres animals, a few malls, and a lot of boredom. I know there are people out there who love this place, and more power to them, it just IS NOT for me.

Luckily, my family is really fortunate and gave me the opportunity to travel a lot growing up. I’ve seen lot of the US and been to four other countries by the time I was eighteen. These experiences, although amazing, confused the hell out of me. How could all of these beautiful places exist and my parents forced me to live in the middle of boring land?

Then one day I stopped complaining and I realized something, I’m extremely lucky. I grew up in town that taught me a lot. With so much similarity round me, I learned the importance of thinking for myself. I learned that where I grew up doesn’t limit where I can end up. I have more desire now to work hard and make connections, so I can live somewhere that has a vibrant culture with a lot to offer. I want my children grow up and see a great world outside of their front door, not just a few times a year when I take them on vacation.

All in all, I’m thankful for the boring town I grew up in. It gave me drive and vision. And those are things a person needs to succeed in life.

So Mom and Dad, thank you for the eighteen years of Kansas skies. They helped me see things a lot more clearly.

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