Embracing My Rural Roots: Lessons Learned in Kentucky's Appalachia

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  • Beau's avatar

    Couldn’t agree more. Similar situation where i’m from and still reside in middle of nowhere northern Pennsylvania. Rich in many ways that truly matter.

  • Ricky's avatar

    We’ll said, you proved him wrong. Keep up the great work. 🇺🇸💪🏼

  • Linda's avatar

    Yes, I learned to work hard, truth from God through nature and his word, caring for others, faith, family, and how to be a real friend. You are right that a self and money centered world could learn about what true riches are from the culture and values of rural areas.

  • Butch's avatar

    Thank you for representing us “ poor foke “! Just another hillbilly from south west Nebraska living large and happy!

  • Travis's avatar

    I totally relate! The area where my family is from is very rural and backward, in a way. However, I would put the heart and grit of those people up against any big city corporate executive. I have been blessed to travel the world as a subject matter expert, and have given presentations to individuals varying from the heads of corporations to government agency leaders. Many are intrigued to learn about my self-sufficient farm lifestyle and why we hunt & fish, especially when speaking with people in other countries. Rarely have I ever been met with condescending tones and comments. Interestingly, the only times I have been are when I traveled to New Jersey to help a customer that was having problems with their plant operations. I showed up and had a meeting with plant management on Day 1, and they immediately started making comments about my East TN Appalachian accent and questioning my credentials to help them out. I laid out my plan, and got to work. After about 3 days I had won a couple of them over, and we discovered an individual within their organization that was working to sabotage my efforts. He was relocated, and within the next 4 days we were able to fix operating issues that had plagued that plant for months. I became good friends with a couple of those guys and we co-authored a few industry papers and presentations. I say all of this to highlight that while many times people hold a preconceived opinion about somebody, it is in our hands as to whether we prove them correct or show them that we are better than they think we are.

  • Brad's avatar

    @Beau Martonik (East Meets West Hunt) a lot of people want to get rich so they can have cabins in places like where I’m from 😂. I think my family already has it figured out.

  • Brad's avatar

    @Travis that’s a killer story and exactly what I’m talking about

  • Bruce's avatar

    I grew up in western Ky. My dad was a sharecropper most of his life. I grew up with my mom have to work also just to make ends meet. I didn’t have the fancy things other kids had but I had the most important things. I was loved. My dad always wanted me around. I went with him to the field at a very young age. At first it was just to have me there. Of course when I got older I had to work. 3 ppl raising 30+ acres of tobacco, corn, soybeans,wheat, hay,and cows took up a lot of our time and taught me a lot. When I got married I worked 2 jobs so my wife could stay home and homeschool our kids. I had a good friend who lived in Inez. I use to go see him there. Met a lot of good people there. My friend passed away a couple years ago. Haven’t been back since. Love it there. Kind of funny how during sporting events the camera always seems to find the most dumbest looking person to film. Wonder why? Keep up the good work Brad.

  • Scott's avatar

    I live on the other side of the mountains of Appalachia. Have lived my whole life in NC and wouldn’t change it for the world. Different strokes for different folks. Briefly visited New York but I prefer my skyscrapers to be towering oaks not steel and concrete.

  • Blue River's avatar

    I live In the country an hour east of Indianapolis and travel that every day to provide for my family and the people I work with say I’m crazy and why don’t I move to Indy so I’m a lot closer to work but they don’t understand I don’t think I could handle it lol. There are a lot of times I hunt after work and stuff and you can’t find that feeling in the concrete jungle.

  • Shawn's avatar

    Heck yea man....backwoods PA and NEVER desire to move towards the cities. Country boy can survive!

  • Brian's avatar

    I grew up in a small town on the Mississippi river, my father was a commercial fishermen and everyone knew everyone. Population was 600 and we ate a lot of fish and wild game when i was growing up we raised a few chickens and had a huge garden. When I went to work at a power plant, it was about an hour and a half drive each way. The people there always called me a hillbilly but I took that as a compliment. I would never change a thing about how I was brought up and told them that. But they just couldn't understand why I didn't move closer to the plant and live in the city, I told them it would be like sticking me in prison and there is nothing wrong with living in rural areas and enjoying the outdoors and the peacefulness of a small town.

  • Dan's avatar

    What an elitist snob

  • Tom's avatar

    You will find that the elitist mentality on both coasts runs rampant and there is little to no respect for all the folks in between that made this country the best the world has ever seen. I grew up on a farm 9 miles from a town of fewer than 200. Both of my parents are college graduates and my 4 siblings and I all have a college degree. I went to Graduate School in Arlington TX and got my first job in Naples Florida. I was called up for jury duty within 8 months of moving there. When the attorneys where interviewing us for selection, after hearing my story and background the attorney said “so a small town boy that came and made it in the big city.” If I hadn’t been so young I probably would have let him know what I thought of his condescending attitude and insulting comments. I have never felt I was anything less for where I came from, quite the opposite, I feel sorry for those that don’t have a humble beginning where family and community was everything.

  • Brad's avatar

    I’m loving the stories y’all. Keep em coming

  • John's avatar

    Grew up & still live in western ky. I wouldn’t change my upbringing for anything. Helped make me who I am today! My dad is still working in the mines today, mom worked at a Southern States co-op, then substitute taught while my sister & I was growing up & is now a bank teller. My grandparents farmed & my uncle started farming with them whenever he married my aunt. So, my cousins & I always helped on the farm. Hauling hay, working in tobacco (stopped raising in 2006 when I graduated college), raising livestock, built grains bins for 4 years, raise corn & soybeans and the list goes on & on. To me growing up like that is the best thing for a person. It teaches you life long lessons that you will use your entire life. Helps you have a love for God and family, know the importance of a good work ethic and helps you understand that no matter where you are or what you do in life we are all connected. The folks that live in cities wouldn’t have the food they enjoy if it weren’t for the country folks farming or truckers hauling the supplies into town. We wouldn’t enjoy the comforts we have from just flipping on a light switch or turning on the heater/air conditioner if it weren’t for the folks working in the mines & power plants. No matter if you are a janitor or an owner of a thriving world wide company we are all connected & I feel like folks that are raised in the rural areas of our country, have & show more respect to others then most folks I’ve been around. I’m happy to be from rural western Ky 🇺🇸

  • Beau's avatar

    @Brad isn’t that funny? When I tell people where i’m from they say “I have a camp there!”

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