While living here in North Dakota can be pretty great, sometimes the struggle is all too real. With things like crazy weather and people who think the entire state is a myth, there are issues all of us who call this place home have to deal with sometimes. Here are nine struggles that you can probably relate to if you’re from North Dakota.
1. Hearing people from other places complain about "cold" weather.
Oh, it was 25 degrees and you got two inches of snow? Well, let me tell you about how MY winter is going...
2. The constant danger of critters crossing the road.
Whether they be deer, raccoons, pheasants, or the occasional rodent, there always seems to be the chance of encountering an animal crossing the road at the very worst moment.
3. When people mix up North Dakota and South Dakota.
No, you've got the wrong Dakota - there is no Mt. Rushmore here. Really, I promise, that's not us.
4. Trying to fit Halloween costumes over winter jackets and snow pants.
I think we deserve some credit for creativity in making these costumes work.
5. Those pesky summer bugs.
And I'm not just talking about mosquitoes and ticks. Have you ever had a June bug get stuck in your hair? Yeah, it's not fun.
6. Encountering people who forgot North Dakota is even a state.
There are actual people out there with conspiracy theories that the state doesn't exist. I guess we must be living in a void in space, then?
7. Growing up in North Dakota and having every school around you close for snow, EXCEPT yours.
The entire state of Minnesota closed their schools and we're not even getting a delay? Well, I guess it's better than having to make up the snow day in the summer...
8. Those 2 A.M. tornado warnings in late summer.
Why do these storms always seem to happen in the middle of the night?
9. The transition from winter directly into summer.
While I'm not complaining too much that the temperature here jumped from 15 degrees to 60 degrees in the last month, maybe a bit of a gradual transition would have been nice.
Actually, what am I even saying? Bring on the warm weather!
And yet, we still love it here. Are there any other North Dakotan struggles you can think of?