“Everything I need to know, I learned it from the radio.”– Thomas Rhett
Fact is, he’s right.Country music is full of little bits of wisdom and lessons for growing up.From love and loss to family and God, country music tackles every aspect of life, both good and bad.From generation to generation, we are shaped by the music we listen to and right now country music is more influential than it has ever been.
Here’s 6 life lessons we can all learn from country music:
1.Work Should Be Hard
Whether you’re on Wall Street or a blue collarfamily man, work should be hard.Anything worth having requires effort and hard work to get there.That’s the only way we knowas country folks and the value of hard work is taught from a young age.Getting up early and earning an honest living, providing for your family and having some change left over toput the beer on the tablemakes that Friday all the sweeter.Work hard, play hard andGod bless the working man.
2.Don’t Forget Your Roots
Going back to thehouse that built meis always a special for one reason or another.Maybe it’s the nostalgia that reminds you of growing up playing in thedirtor pride I feel when I go driving throughmy town.Chances are some of us never left but one way or another I’m constantly reminded that country musickeeps calling me home.
3.Bad Things Will Happen….& Then Get Better
We all have to play the hand we were dealt and sometimes it can get difficult on thejourney of your life.Sometimes, tragedy strikes and you can’t say or do anything other really thandrink a beer.But whether it’s the loss of a loved one, bad relationships, or struggling to get by, we’re constantly reminded thatevery storm runs out of raineventually andit won’t be like this for long.
4.Respect Your Parents
Most of the stuff we learn growing up is from our parents and country music teaches us to appreciate that.So parents, even when it doesn’t seem like it, your kids arewatching you.Whether it’s learning how todriveor just teaching you how to bestrong.Whether it’s being there from the start or being there when theydidn’t have to be.Where would we all be without some ofthose fathers and mothersthat shaped us into the people we grew up to be.
5.Take Time To Enjoy Life
Sometimes you just need to stop, take a look around, and get into theliving part of life.Country music gives us an appreciation for thesimple things.After all,it’s a great day to be aliveand it’s important to enjoy the people around you while they are still there and to go out and do the things you want while you still can.It sounds a little cliche, but if you want the most out of life….live like you were dying.
6.Believe In Something Bigger Than Yourself
Most country music fans and artists alike have a belief and hope in something.Be it in God, or family, orlovethey often trust in things that are bigger than themselves.They aretrue believersin many of the things that have been previously mentioned above.Whether yousaw God todayor justbelievein something but you’re not quite sure,follow your arrowwherever it leads you, but remember that life isn’t just about you.