Seems like its the on trend thing to be right now. Now as a true southerner, born and raised in Georgia there’s nothing new about being southern, so I’m not sure why its so “popular” right now. Everywhere I look I see everyone talking about loving sweet tea, sitting on the front porch, and so on and so forth. Y’all know that’s not all we do down here. Its not the America’s Heartland everyone makes it out to be, I’d gather to say that’s more of the Midwest. The South is extremely progressive and even fast paced, especially Atlanta. While it has small town roots, its a bustling city most of the time. It has a long way to go before it gets to NYC or LA status, but its getting there considering how small of a city it is compared to those two. Yes, I love sweet tea (not with lemon), but that’s not all the South’s about. I feel like a lot of people try to use the whole being from the south as a way to be appear more approachable. I’ll be the first to say, having lived above the Mason Dixon, that people can be just can cruel down here as they can be up there, but yes, in general they do tend to be nicer. More on that later!
Its a bit miffing that people are putting out this perfect heartland, quaint feel of the South. Its not Gone With The Wind, I can assure you. I find this especially common with many that are faith or intentionally driven, lately. I’m sure, as a matter of fact, I know that there are many people outside of the South that are faithful and live intentional. Yes, the south as part of the Bible Belt is stereotyped as having “bible-thumping” people all over and that everyone attends church every Sunday. Not true. There are just as many non-believers down here as there is anywhere in the world. Being from the south isn’t only comprised of the aforementioned things. Its so much more. There is a rich culture down here that involves more than sweet tea and verandas. There’s the mountains, the beach, metropolis’, and again, extremely progressive people and things.
I’m a proud southerner, wouldn’t have it any other way, but I didn’t grow up in a bubble. I didn’t grow up “taking it easy” or doing things slow. Heck, I don’t even speak slow. Sometimes I speak so fast, I can’t even understand myself. And we drink more than sweet tea down here. There’s lemonade too! But for real, its not all soul food and barbecuing. We eat healthy and go to Starbucks for lattes and Jamba Juice for smoothies. We have Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, and Sprinkles and Pinkberry too. And the A-line dresses and big hats, that’s just tv. We have H&M and so many other fashion forward stores.
And now, back to the nice people. The one thing I will admit about the South, and happily admit at that is that people really are nice. Walking by someone in the grocery store and saying “hello” is the norm. Holding the door and offering someone a dime if they’re a penny short is the norm. We do care about people down here, and of all the places I’ve been in world, people are the nicest down here. I’ll take that stereotype any day!
Are there stereotypes about where you live that bug you? Or maybe even ones about other places you’ve been that bug? – I’m sure I’m not the only one! 😉