Why Country Music?

Why Country Music?

To those who don’t like country music, you do. You just don’t know it yet.
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There are two types of people: “country music? You mean rednecks with a banjo?” or “country music? You mean hot cowboys singing about love?”

I happen to be the latter, and I will never understand how people don’t enjoy it even a little. I’ve heard excuses ranging from “that southern drawl is annoying” to “all the songs are the same.” First off, no. Sure, many songs are on the same topic, but so are rap songs and pop songs.

Rap tends to be about drugs and demeaning messages about women. Pop songs are to get you dancing. Country songs are different: their main purpose is to relive the best memories of our lives.

For every good country song I know, I have a memory attached to it. For example:

1. Man I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain

This album came out in 1997, the year I was born. I remember dancing around with my mom in the basement singing this song at the top of our lungs. This was my very first memory. Now, when the song comes on the radio or pops up on my Spotify, I always think of that time.

2. Country Girl (Shake It For Me) – Luke Bryan

If I remember correctly, this was Luke Bryan’s first big hit. To me, this was the epitome of a country song. My mom, sister, and I all three thought this song was strange at first. I think when Luke told us to shake it for the squirrels we got weirded out. But like all Luke Bryan songs, they grow on you.

3. Cowboys and Angels – Dustin Lynch

This is probably the strangest memory I have associated to a country song. When I woke up at 6:45a.m. every morning before school, I would turn on the TV. Since nothing good is on that early in the morning, I discovered a country music video channel. I also discovered that every morning, they’d play the same songs. “Cowboys and Angels” was one.

4. American Kids – Kenny Chesney

This was my summer 2014 song. I tend to have an ear-worm for one song over a long period of time. “American Kids” was the only song you’d hear in my car that summer. That summer was one of the best summers I’ve ever had.

So as you can see, country music is very powerful. Just scrolling through my playlists, I could immediately find 4 songs to reflect on. I could easily go on and make this very unfortunate to read, but you get the idea.

To those who don’t like country music, you do. You just don’t know it yet.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

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For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols

CLAPPING HANDS EMOJI.

5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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