“Texas forever”, to some avid television watchers it was a saying repeated by a Tim Riggins in the critically acclaimed series Friday Night Lights to exclaim his love for his friends and his love for Texas. “Here’s to God and football and good friends and in 10 years living large in Texas. Texas forever let’s touch God this time boy let’s touch God.” This series is based off the movie about a small town in Texas whose lives revolved around football, friends, and family. While first watching this series it never occurred to me what a short saying like “Texas forever” could actually mean to someone. During June of 2016, my younger brother came back from a church youth conference in Dallas, Texas, constantly saying the phrase that it ever crossed my mind what it really meant. He told me of his experiences talking to people from a few places in the United States, and recounted how his new friends from California and Minnesota based everything they knew about Texas from that television show. The joke for the week was, “Texas forever,” a saying that brought young men from different cities and states together like they had always known each other. This one little saying was able to bridge a gap between young men from different backgrounds, but what does “Texas forever” mean? In order to understand the saying you first have to understand Texas: a state where you can drive for hours in any direction and see completely different scenery. A state where the weather patterns change depending what side of the state you live in. For people who live here, Texas is not only a state but a state of mind. All Texan’s will tell you one thing is that they worked hard to get where they are and that if it wasn’t for determination a lot of us couldn’t be doing what we wanted to do. In the south, we have a strong Hispanic heritage and culture, and we gather every Sunday and have cookouts with our family and friends, watch the Cowboys play, or reminisce on old times. Most places up north Texas rodeo is king picking up, and leaving in order to get one more ride in before class starts on Monday. Although, if you ask most Texans why they love it here I’m pretty sure they will say because there is no other place out there like it. Texas is home, and there is no place like home. Country is the rhythm of the people here, and the love for the is usually transmitted through this music: no other state has as many songs written about them like Texas does. So whether you are going to Amarillo by morning or living in good ole Laredo wherever you are you will see why Texas is so special and what “Texas Forever” really means to Texans.