A ton of my friends and myself included, could NOT wait to get out of Lubbock as soon as we turned 18. We didn't want to be here. Austin, Dallas, New York, LA, just anywhere but here sounded great. There were a million places better to live than smack dab in the middle of the Bible belt and we were all looking for something more than our boring hometown.

I don't blame anyone for wanting to leave. In fact, I completely understand why you would. It makes perfect sense. There isn't much to do here, the weather sucks, and church people are kind of nuts. It doesn't make for a very enjoyable experience for young people looking to stretch their wings.


Consider staying here, especially if you are one of the black sheep in our society. The kind of person that walks to the beat of their own path. Lubbock desperately needs more people like you to help move our city forward and to keep up with the times. If everyone with big thoughts and ideas moves away, Lubbock is stuck with the leftovers and stays totally stagnant. We need people who think differently to help diversify our community and to wake up all of the sleepy folks that are stuck in their ways. The ones that give Texas a bad name. If you don't know who I mean, then this article just isn't for you.

If we buckle down for the long haul, we might be able to change our city. We might be able to elect better officials that aren't totally focused on their deep pockets and side hustles. We might be able to open small businesses that can actually pay employees a living wage. We might be able to make Lubbock an inclusive place to live for everyone. We might be able to fix the parts of town that need the most help. We might be able to do a lot of things if we don't run away. We might make a difference, and we just might make Lubbock a truly special place to live, not just a place you resent being stuck in.

I'm so sick of hearing people say, "IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT HERE, THEN JUST MOVE AWAY!"

No, that is not the solution. If you don't like it here, then let's fix it together.

You never know what could happen.

Just a thought.

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