No matter where we are in the country—living, visiting or exploring—we all have struggles we tend to deal with. Some struggles are a bit harsher than others, but we all do what we can to keep on truckin’. However, there are certain struggles that are absolutely Georgia-specific and may be a bit different from struggles most anywhere else. Take a look at 12 struggles everyone in Georgia can relate to, and see if you’ve experienced a few of these yourself:
1. When you're about to pull out your shorts and t-shirts and then Mother Nature just laughs.
You easily can experience four seasons in one weekend.
2. When you pronounce "Atlanta" in front of anybody else in the country, and they stare.
Ask any Georgian, everyone is pronouncing Atlanta wrong. It's "Add-lanna." Ditch that extra "t" at the end.
3. Whenever you see an English bulldog walking down the street you have to double-take to make sure he isn't famous.
And of course, if it is the UGA mascot, then you'll absolutely ask for a paw-tograph.
4. If they don't offer you hot sauce than you're a tad bit offended.
Georgians like their hot sauce. It's a staple for most. Therefore it should be offered always.
5. The clock hitting 5 p.m. and you're sitting right in the mouth of traffic hell.
Traffic in Georgia can be miserable. Downtown Atlanta traffic is just sheer insanity.
6. The suspicious look you get when you hold open a door for someone from out-of-state.
Southern hospitality flows freely in Georgia. Yet, there always are those visitors from other states that think there is some ulterior motive for your kindness.
7. When all you do is combine two little words, and people chuckle.
You + All = Y'all. It's just simple math, really.
8. "The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry" may or may not have torn your family and friends apart.
The Auburn Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs first faced off in 1892 and they have played nearly every year since, only postponing three games which occurred during WWI and WWII.
9. The fact that allergies are less of a burden, and just more of a way of life.
Pollen? Yep, it's everywhere. And we all just kinda accept it.
10. Pepsi just really shouldn't be an option.
It's Coke, people. Coke is the only soda pop option we should allow in this great state.
11. Brunswick Stew should be made in a gigantic cauldron and shared with hundreds.
The famed Georgian stew shouldn't be made in a small pot. It really needs to be crafted in gargantuan amounts and fawned over by many.
Have you experienced any of these Georgia-specific struggles? Or perhaps we’ve missed a few that you know your fellow Georgians can relate to. Share them with the group!