The people of Texas equally reflect and defy all stereotypes associated with their dynamic nature. For every good ol’ boy set in his ways, there’s a progressive genius building her Web-based empire. For every brash oilman making millions, there’s a humble educator affecting lives. Intense football coaches coexist peacefully with environmental activists.
Like anywhere else, people in Texas have their differences, but there’s one thing that transcends obstacles that is wholly unique to this state—the common bond of being Texan. Not that it solves all problems, but most Texans look kindly upon their brethren, and genuinely display the spirit of Southern hospitality. It’s infectious—“Y’all come back” and “Well, bless your heart” become true expressions of kindness rather than silly stereotypes.
Transplants from the northern and eastern United States may initially be taken aback by random strangers in the grocery store commenting on their purchases, but they’ll later find themselves doing the same thing. Offers of assistance are genuine rather than obligatory, and people make direct eye contact when they mutter a polite “Howdy.” There are many ways to categorize these Texans—by age, ethnicity, religion, income level, etc.—but labels don’t capture the soul of the state’s residents, who aptly represent the character of the word “friend” in the origins of the word “Texas.”