I was born & raised in Oklahoma. I have been all over the country, & I have realized that while Oklahoma may not have huge mountain ranges, theme parks, sandy beaches, or an ocean view, it has been a wonderful place to grow up.
Although it is (for the most part) a very flat state, we still have some beautiful scenery, & because it is so flat, we some of the most gorgeous skies you’ll ever see.
Oklahoma is a big place with a small town feel. Everyone is connected somehow, which can be overwhelming, but also comforting. Oklahoma tends to have very friendly, truly caring people. This state has been through a lot (the OKC Bombing, tornadoes, ice storms, blizzards…), but we always make it through because of the people who live here. Another thing I love about Oklahoma is that it has four distinct seasons. The weather (though often crazy) doesn't stay the same throughout the year (or sometimes even throughout the day), which keeps things interesting!
One of my very favorite things about living in Oklahoma is all of the local businesses. We have so many coffee shops, restaurants, & stores that are unique to Oklahoma. There are also lots of great local events, like arts festivals, the State Fair, & the Chickasha Festival of Lights. It makes it fun to visit different towns within the state, & I know that when the time comes for me to move away, these businesses & events are going to be some of the things I miss most. & Oklahoma is growing! Especially the Tulsa & OKC areas… We are getting some great businesses, & some of the newer architecture is really interesting!
Oklahoma may not be the most exciting state, but it is a great one. I have had the chance to meet so many wonderful people & experience so many interesting things. I have played with animals at the zoo & fair (even petting a tiger at an exotic animal park!), gone to local events & seen local talents (like the OKC Ballet!), attempted to find all of OKC’s many buffalo statues, & taken advantage of beautiful weather by picnicking & going to the lake. I have done stereotypical “southern” things, like four-wheeling, camping, going shooting, & fishing. I have partaken of local traditions, like “tagging the spillway” in my hometown.
I do not claim to live in the “best” state. I don’t even think there IS a best state. But I do think that those who say Oklahoma is a horrible place need to give it another chance, & really look for the beauty in it. As they say, home is where you make it. & although I know that I will not live in Oklahoma forever, I know that part of me will always feel at home here.