12 Lessons You Took To Heart Growing Up With Country Music-Lovin' Parents

12 Lessons You Took To Heart Growing Up With Country Music-Lovin' Parents

Because you either love country music, or you're wrong.

I'd like to dedicate this one to my Pops, for forcing me to listen to Shania Twain's music videos since day 1 in the back of your Aztek. If you are anything like me, you understand the struggle that is growing up with country music-loving parents. Well, if there is one thing that I wouldn't change, it would be that. This love for the music of the south that speaks of the good Lord, the great grounds of America, and the way that life should be lived, has definitely played a part to shape me to be who I am today. Here are a few things I have learned along the way:

1. "God is good, Beer is great, and people are crazy."

In that order. You can thank Billy Currington for that one. He taught me in “People are Crazy” that if I befriend an old man at the bar, maybe, just maybe he’ll end up sharing his life stories with me and leave me his millions of dollars in inheritance when he passes. But also that God is always good, beer can be great, and people are just flat out crazy, and crazy awesome sometimes.

2. “It’s OK to not feel important”

Brad Paisley said in “The World” that to the man at the ice cream shop, I might just be another scoop, and to the world, I may just another girl, but to my old man, I’m the world. That if I ever wonder if I matter, I should look into my dad’s eyes and know that I am everything to him.

3. “Stop right here and see what you’ve got to be proud of”

According to Montgomery Gentry in “Something To Be Proud Of,” whether it’s your mama’s dream of graduating college, simply putting food on the table or doing the best you can it’s something to be proud of, it’s a life you can hang your hat on.

4. “We aren’t the same, but that’s what makes us strong"

Dierks Bentley tells us this in his song, “Home.” The brave, the blood, the past, and the long hard ride we have come all amount to this place that we all call home.

5. “Love like crazy”

Lee Brice will tell you in “Love Like Crazy” that all that you need to live a happy life is to be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you, go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense, never let your prayin' knees get lazy, and love like crazy.

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

“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts will tell you this lesson. Eventually, the narrow path will pay off, it will point you on your way because God blessed the broken road that will lead you to home.

7. “Live like you’re dying”

Tim McGraw recounts from an old man in “Live Like You’re Dying” that Fishing isn’t such an imposition, so go skydiving, do crazy things because someday you’ll realize that tomorrow is a gift, and that you need to live like you’re dying. Moments are precious.

8. “It’s not what car you drive, there's no dollar sign on peace of mind”

By looking at the title, you would never know the significance this song could have, but after listening to Chicken Fried, by Zac Brown Band, you will understand that it's the little things in life that mean the most, that it’s not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes.

9. “This is my temporary home”

Carrie Underwood Reminds us in “Temporary Home” that it’s not where you belong, it’s just a stop on the way to where you’re going. Don’t be afraid, you have to know that this is your temporary home. No matter what part of life, this is important to remember, literally, or spiritually.

10. “Don’t blink”

Kenny Chesney warns us in “Don’t Blink” to be careful because if you don’t, you might think an old guy on the television is talking to you. But also, be careful because if you do, you might miss your babies growing or fifty years, because once your hourglass runs out of the sand, you can’t flip it over. So, breathe every breath God gives you for what it’s worth.

11. “You gotta dig your roots”

For what it might mean to you, Florida Georgia line says in their song, “Dig Your Roots” that you have to show some love back to your hometown, fall in love, plant some seeds, carve some names in the family tree, raise your kids, love your wife, put God first, just to live your life, and go get a little more dirt on your boots.

12. “We’re one big country nation”

Over 2000 country stations, we are just one big country nation. Don’t forget to pray before you race. Appreciate it while sipping on your sweet tea and apple pie. Brad Paisley won't let you forget it in “Country Nation.”

Cover Image Credit: Erika Glover

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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