I got away from that "image" as a teenager. Being a "hick" in NM is sooo not cool. Not that being a weird rocker/skater/goth/freak was "cool" either but being "uncool" in that way was cool. Of course, what I really was was a teenager trying to figure out who she was. I still listened to country music, preferred pick up trucks and guns and drank Budweiser, but now I did it while wearing baggy jeans and Chuck Taylors. That went on through high school and into college. Sometime after college and being married I settled into who I was a bit more. By the time I'd had a baby and moved to Nebraska I was finally very comfortable with who I was.
So who am I? Well I'm a loud girl who loves country music with a ferocious passion. I still wear jeans and Justins and Chuck Taylors, but now I wear skirts sometimes too. I put flowers in my braided hair and dry my clothes on the line. I grow my own vegetables and can catch and clean a fish. I drive a pickup every chance I get and I like to spend all day long at the lake. I still can sing every line to every single Reba McEntire song and I still long to be a barrel racer. I love cows, being outside and two-stepping. I still love to camp and can still pee outside with no problem! I live in a small town where farming, ranching and being neighborly are very important. I feel like I'm very much the person I started my life out being and I'm very happy that way. I don't really care what you call me or how you want to label me. I think I probably fit rather nicely into the "country girl" label and I'm comfortable with that. I know most people strive NOT to be labelled, but I grew up just wanting an ordinary, normal life.
--"Small Town U.S.A." -- Justin Moore