There are some things that people who were born and raised in Arkansas figure out as they grow up and make their way around the Natural State. They examine their surroundings entering adulthood and start traveling elsewhere to compare notes on the ways of the people living in other states or foreign lands. Some of these little lessons learned are life-applicable, too!
7. Loyalty and perseverance breed wonderful human bonds.
There's nothing like being around Razorback fanatics on a game day. The spirit of Hog fans and the energy they bring to stadiums can create friendships between people who likely were strangers before a really good tailgating party! Win or lose throughout the years, Razorback supporters are an incredibly loyal type of fan and share a very strong kinship with like-minded souls, and many a Hog fan who grew up in the Natural State can tell you about the psychology of human bonding just by explaining their love of sports and how much fun they have watching a game with friends! WPS!
6. People love us because we're genuinely beautiful.
Arkansans are attractive! Whether you're a physical stunner or your personality makes you the royalty of the room, Natural State natives have a natural charisma and personal carriage about themselves that people in the other states have lazily left on beach shores or somewhere hidden in an overcrowded concrete jungle. Ever since the day we were born, we Arkansas folks live our lives as wide open as the spaces around us, and people from out of town definitely notice it...and many truly like it about us!
5. Arkansans born after 1990 are likely more open-minded than you.
If you were an 80s child in Arkansas, you were likely aware of different, new, and exciting things on the horizon. If you were a 90s kid in the Natural State, you were well aware that things were different than when your parents went to school. The state has been imbued with a vast amount of culture from various countries over the past three decades, and those who were born after 1990 in the Natural State should realize they have been fortunate enough to enjoy a much more open world (as well as technologically advanced, of course) than that of previous generations. Finally some good news for millenials?
4. Our state is blissfully used to mild winters.
This beautiful picture of a Natural State winter is worth about 3 to 5 days out of school for Arkansas students if the weather stays cold. Boy, do kids love even the slightest hint of ice in the weather, because they know Arkansas roads aren't prepared to handle extreme freezing weather. We're comfortable with winters that don't show their teeth until January or February, but we're pretty unprepared when it comes to clearing snow off the roads in a timely manner.
3. Fame is only great when you have actual talent.
A number of Arkansans have gained fame and gone on to become icons in their various fields of business and entertainment. These individuals' stories remain interesting because of the talent posessed or the larger-than-life personality displayed by these awesome folks. However, when fame is attained solely through what flighty television executives find amusing for a brief moment, you end up with reality television "stars" who usually end up doing more harm to their hometown's good name instead of bringing anything positive or talented to the table. Such is the situation of the now-infamous Duggar family (especially that of Josh); finding fame from out of nowhere isn't as nice as it seems to be.
2. Music is the fabric of life.
No matter what genre of music you're listening to, you can always get down to some good folk music - and the Natural State has plenty of it and more. Those who grow up in Arkansas are fortunate to have locations like Mountain Home, Helena, and Eureka Springs among other locales where we can remember a time we got to hear what it's like when a banjo is TRULY played well or a voice really hit the notes just right in that favorite old gospel tune you love so much.
1. Hard work yields success.
When Sam Walton came to the great Natural State to purchase his first shop in Newport, Arkansas in 1945, he knew he'd have to think outside the box and put in many hours to prove his ambition was worth his investment. By the time Walton set up business in Bentonville 5 years later, he'd learned a great deal of lessons. He'd taken his financial lumps and used his experience to grow this new Walton venture into what would become Walmart, America's most recognized retail corporation. Those Arkansas natives who grew up in the wake of Walton's success definitely know it's possible to gain wealth through ambition, persistence, and good old hard work.
Arkansas is pretty good at teaching us so many little (and big) things about life! What are some of life’s lessons you’ve learned growing up in the Natural State? Leave a comment and tell us what Arkansas has taught you about life or living!