10 Country Songs That Will Teach You Life Lessons

10 Country Songs That Will Teach You Life Lessons

Because who doesn't love country music?
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Roll your windows down and turn up your stereo because summer is coming and that means country music season! Nothing pairs better with a hot, sunny day than some Tim McGraw and Zac Brown Band, that's for sure. But, this summer I challenge you to do more than just jam to your tunes. Listen closely and see what you learn from the lyrics because country songs have some of the best life lessons. It's totally worth the extra focus. Here are a few songs you can start with!

1. "Humble and Kind" by Tim McGraw.

"Hold the door, say please, say thank you..."

From simple manners to the larger truths of life, Tim McGraw seriously hits the nail on the head with this one. Not only is this song hauntingly beautiful, it's also riddled with life lessons.

2. "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band.

"It's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most."

Raising our glasses and toasting to fried chicken may seem like it epitomizes America's glutenous tendencies, but this song is actually about appreciating the simplicity of life. Catchy, fun and all-American, this song is a feel good classic that reminds us to take a step back and admire the little things in life.

3. "Girl In A Country Song" by Maddie & Tae.

"I can slide on over, but you're gonna get slapped."

Girl power, right? There's something about listening to these girls go off about the stereotypes portrayed in country music these days that is extremely empowering. Hell yeah, "there aint no sugar for you in this shaker of mine." Stay strong, ladies!

4. "Bless The Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts.

"Others that broke my heart, they were like northern stars pointing me on my way."

As we grow up and mature, it's important to accept our mistakes, failures, shortcomings and the things that simply didn't work out. Everything that has happened to you has made you a better, smarter, stronger person, but most importantly, it's made you into you. In this song, Rascal Flatts takes his time to thank god for the things in his life that didn't work out because they lead him to where he is now. Truly inspiring, especially if things haven't been going your way.

5. "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood.

"Maybe next time he'll think before he cheats."

This song passionately recaps the events that take place after a girl finds out her boyfriend cheated. Carrie teaches us that it's OK to be angry sometimes. In many situations, such as the one presented here, people are deserving of our rage. Maybe don't destroy a car (I usually use the "kill them with kindness" approach myself), but nonetheless, anger isn't always a negative emotion. Sometimes it helps us find peace in otherwise frustrating situations.

6. "I Loved Her First" by Heartland.

"A place in my heart will always be hers."

Just go listen to it because my words simply cannot do it justice. (P.S. Love you dad!)

7. "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" by Tim McGraw.

"I miss being somebody everybody knows there. Everybody knows everybody."

Another heart-wrenching one about the importance of home and family. In this song, Tim McGraw sings about returning to his hometown. His story serves as a reminder to everyone about what's truly important. (Hint: Something about supper on the stove, beer in the fridge and being surrounded by family.)

8. "Let It Go" by Zac Brown Band.

"Save your strength for things that you can change, forgive the ones you can't"

Learn to let it go, fam. Here, Zac Brown Band sings about the lessons he learned from his father. That being said, the life lessons described here are pretty self explanatory. Overall, accept what life throws your way and remember that, despite anything, life goes on.

9. "Smoke Break "by Carrie Underwood.

"He's a big city, hardworking man just trying to climb the ladder."

I don't generally support things that endorse unhealthy habits, but Underwood is (as usual) the exception. I don't think this song is as much about smoking cigs and taking shots as it is about letting yourself relax. It's important to take the pressure off ourselves every once and a while.

10. "You're Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins.

"I got two babies of my own - one's 36, one's 23."

If this doesn't make you cry, you may be heartless. Another song that helps listeners recognize the importance of staying in the present. Instead of getting caught up in your own future, take a step back and enjoy what's going on right now. Because guess what? You're probably gonna miss this.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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