Growing up in a place makes you used to what that place is like. I grew up in Michigan, in the United State’s northeast. I knew nothing different from what I had grown up living in, and I barely noticed the things that might bother someone from another part of the country. Thing like Michigan drivers rarely using turn signals, people not holding doors for someone, and not saying ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes.
I met my husband in Florida, and not long after that he moved to Michigan to be closer to me. Almost from the first day he was in Michigan he commented about how rude people were, even me. I told him he was crazy and that people were not rude in Michigan, it was just the way they were, and I did not know any better.
We got married, and continued to live in Michigan for a time, and, even after living there for two years, he, being from the northeast and the south, would still comment on the general mannerisms of people and how they were so different from the people in the northeast and the south.
Just recently, we moved to Philadelphia. It was a shock to me at first, living in a big city after spending my life growing up in a town that’s official classification is that of a village. After the shock of living in a place with over a million people in it wore off, I realized that the people in Philadelphia were far different from the people in Michigan.
The biggest difference was also the least noticeable, people here have, it seems a different outlook on day to day life. People in Philadelphia are, it seems, generally happier. They seem to have more spunk to their personalities, more of a carefree live, love attitude. While there are people in Michigan like those here in Philadelphia, and vice versa, over all the difference is noticeable.
There were other things that I noticed right away too. People here are incredibly friendly. They go out of their way to hold doors, when you check out the cashier actually holds a conversation with you, and even strangers you pass walking on the street say hi. Things like this simply just don’t happen in Michigan, or probably in most places in the Midwest.
I joke now that I understand what my husband meant when he kept telling me that people in Michigan are rude. Compared to Philadelphia, and likely most the northeast, they are. While I have not lived in the south, I have visited, from what I have seen, people there make people in the northeast look rude.
So, over all, I’ve found that people living in different areas of the country have different attitudes and mannerisms from people living in other places. While someone might not realize it if they live in one area their entire life, I think that they would notice what I have if they were to move, or spend an extended amount of time elsewhere. While being in one place or another doesn’t mean you have to fit into the mold that I’ve noticed, I think that it is there in everyone. Simply growing up in an area makes you fall into their ways, and fit into society the way they expect you to.