Majority of life is spent in a bathing suit
Florida’s weather is not like any other state’s. Sunny skies and tropical temperatures, make for a warm climate almost all year around. Often times, the only comfortable outfit to wear is a bathing suit and t-shirt. Opportunities to wear pants, coats and other restricting winter clothing are very seldom. With the amount of time Floridians spend near backyard pools, golf course lakes and at the beach it is often tempting to cool off in these sources of water. Residents must always be prepared for spontaneous beach trips and impromptu pool parties. Wearing bathing suits majority of your life in Florida can be become a burden as they are only appropriate to wear with comfortable open toed sandals.
Publix leading to childhood obesity
How is a child supposed to say no to free fresh baked cookies, home cooked samples and crispy fried chicken aromas filling the grocery store? It is simply unfair how amazing Publix grocery stores really are. The company’s generosity and personal customer service makes shopping too much of a pleasure, often leading to multiple visits per week. Publix lures in children with their fresh baked goods, overriding their ability to reject free cookies. It’s not easy to fight the urge to indulge as the elderly woman peer pressures customers into free samples of lunch meat, and various taste tests. Not to mention the addicting deep fried chicken tenders openly displayed in the deli. Not accepting these free samples and taste tests can cause serious psychological damage. Yes, even grocery shopping in Florida is a struggle.
Never leaving the state for vacations
Often times, Floridians are forced to spend their lives sheltered from experiencing other states and landscapes around the country. When you live in the state that boasts the phrase, “we live where you vacation” it is hard to escape the area that tourists love to spend to much time in. Visitors to the state are blessed with opportunities to travel thousands of miles, spending days crossing state lines and meeting foreigners while waiting in long lines at airports. Unfortunately, Floridians can only travel a few hours by car to visit these world famous attractions. Living within walking distance from beaches, and calling the most pristine golf courses in the world your backyard is very common amongst Floridians. The state’s superior highway systems restrict scenery to forests of palm trees, Ron Jon Surf Shop billboards and coastal scenery as residents travel across Florida. It’s a shame Floridians only have to travel a short distance to visit the Sunshine State’s most beautiful attractions, eliminating opportunity to wait through snow delays and baggage claim lines.
Winter clothing is rarely worn
Sweater weather? Never heard of it. Peacoat? Is that even a real word? Thermal underwear and stockings? People actually wear those? Yes, but not in Florida. The weather rarely drops below the freezing point, or 50 degrees for that matter. With an average year round temperature of 75 degrees, Florida deprives it’s residents of dressing in trendy winter jackets. Leggings, hoodies and Uggs are the extent of winter wardrobe in the Sunshine State.
Never seeing snow
That’s right, three out of four Florida natives have never experienced the frozen magic that is snow. The extent of snowfall that many Floridians have seen is foam bubbles blowing down the streets of Disney to simulate a winter wonderland. Want to have a snowball fight in Florida? Go to your local ice skating rink, throw a sweater on over your tank top and lace up a pair of rental blades. Ball up the melting ice around the boards, and blast your friends with the slightly frozen manmade water. To put it into perspective, a snowball fight is like going to the beach on a warm summer day and tossing balled up beach sand at each other- but without the hours of shoveling of snow and temperatures below freezing. If only Floridians could have that same fun in freezing cold weather, running the risk of frostbite and hypothermia for three months out of the year.
Spontaneous trips to amusement parks on the weekends
Have you ever just wanted to relax on the weekends? Maybe layout by the pool, or stay inside and read a book? Instead, your parents insist that you take the short drive to one of America’s most notable theme parks in Orlando? It’s the worst. Universal Studios, Disney World, Islands of Adventure, Wet N’ Wild, Lego Land, Blizzard Beach, Magic Kingdom- the threats to your weekend freedom are endless. Why can’t Floridians be like the rest of the country and plan a trip years in advance, spending thousands of dollars traveling to visit local attractions? Living within a hundred miles from some of the best amusement parks in the world sucks- you never know when your parents could pack up the car, and force you to spend hours at a the “The Most Magical Place On Earth”.
Having to wear sunscreen 24/7
Thinking about dropping the convertible top in your Mercedes, taking the doors off your Jeep, or opening the sunroof of your sedan to enjoy a summer cruise to the beach? You better hope you have some SPF ready to lather up in. Yes, Floridians even have to be cautious about sunburns while driving. Taking an afternoon stroll around one of Florida’s pristine parks? Rub on some sunscreen, or you’re likely to absorb some serious natural UV rays in your skin. Everyday, Florida’s tropical climate and sunny days put residents at risk for exposure to high levels of Vitamin-C, Vitamin-D and darkening their skin into a perfect golden brown tan. Florida’s lack of cloud cover and warm weather can often make living in the Sunshine State very difficult.
Don’t let the rumors fool you. Living in Florida “sucks”. The abundance of sunshine, endless attractions, tropical weather and beautiful people make life a struggle in the Sunshine State. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you grew up in Florida, you will understand these 10 Memories Growing Up in Florida.