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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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.

Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
Cover Image Credit: Laura Warshauer

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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