I've traveled a lot in my life. When I finally settled in Texas, a lot of people asked 'why'. It's kind of hard to explain, and sometimes the best answer is 'just because'. I can explain it until I'm blue in the face, but some people just don't understand.

Honestly, these are the 5 best of the worst reasons people have given me to not visiting, liking, or returning to Texas:

1. It's way too hot. 

Yeah, you're right. It can get entirely way too hot here. On any given day during the summer it might reach 100+ degrees. However, this is the best type of weather to sit in the pool, lake, or whatever watering hole you can find, with a ice chest full of beer, and a beautiful Texas girl at your side. I mean, with all those country songs about sun-kissed skin, long legs, red lips, and bikinis, there must be a kernel of truth somewhere in there.

2. There is nothing to do. 

No matter what the season, there is always something to do: hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, campfires, Friday night football games, legendary dance halls, rodeo, hiking, traveling cross country, and a billion other things. See, people forget the simple things in life are just as good as the extravagant. As much as I love a wild night on 6th Street in Austin, I love being wrapped up in a blanket with my boots near the fire while I chat with childhood friends on a ranch, underneath a million, a billion stars, just as much.

3. All I see is cow crap and grass.

To be completely honest, I'm not sure where they are looking. I see breathtaking sunsets, lush green hill country, lit up city skylines, fields of wildflowers, awe inspiring lakes, gently rolling waves, miles and miles of land without a soul in sight, and a night sky that can stretch on for eternity.

4. There's no culture. 

Well. This is just silly. I mean, really. From top to bottom, side to side, Texas is filled with people from all over the world and from all cultures. I remember sitting next to this man at the rodeo in Dallas, and he was decked out: Wranglers, boots, pearl-snap, and the biggest pinch of tobacco I'd ever seen. His Texas twang was thick, and genuine... he also had a turban wrapped around his head. Guy was Hindu, but he sure did love his rodeos.

5. The people there are too cocky and mean. All you do is fight, chew tobacco, and shoot things. (Seriously, this came out of someone's mouth)

OK. Granted, this can happened, but show me one place that it doesn't? A lot of folk mistake 'pride' for cockiness, and don't get me wrong, there are some bad eggs in every bunch. Plus, everyone knows when you throw alcohol into the mix, things can go a little sideways. However, for the most part, Texas people are kind, God fearin', and love life.

We are all just trying to make the best of the time we've got here. And, since we have a limited amount of time on Earth, why not spend it on God's own country?

Besides, if you want to keep not visiting us (Texas) for these reasons, it's OK. Just means there is more room for us.


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