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I made a decision to commit to writing at least one piece per day today and “What I Got” by Sublime played a big part in that decision, along with this Bill Simmons podcast. I’ve always thought this song has some of the best lyrics I’ve ever heard, but a couple of lines in particular stood out to me today. For starters, I’ll list the full lyrics to the song below.

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Early in the morning, risin’ to the streetLight me up that cigarette and I’ll strap shoes on my feetGot to find a reason, a reason things went wrongGot to find a reason why my money’s all goneI got a Dalmatian, and I can still get highI can play the guitar like a mother fuckin’ riot

Life is too short, so love the one you got‘Cause you might get run over or you might get shotNever start no static, I just get it off my chestNever had to battle with no bulletproof vestTake a small example, take a t-t-t-t-tip from meTake all of your money, give it all to charity

Love is what I got, it’s within my reachYeah, and the Sublime style’s still straight from Long BeachIt all comes back to you, you’ll finally get what you deserveTry and test that, you’re bound to get servedLove’s what I got, don’t start a riotYou’ll feel it when the dance gets hot

Lovin’ is what I got, I said remember thatLovin’ is what I got, I remember thatLovin’ is what I got, I said remember thatLovin’ is what I got

I don’t cry when my dog runs awayI don’t get angry at the bills I have to payI don’t get angry when my mom smokes potHits the bottle and goes right to the rockFuckin’ and fightin’, it’s all the sameLivin’ with Louie Dog’s the only way to stay saneLet the lovin’, let the lovin’ come back to me

‘Cause lovin’ is what I got, I said remember thatLovin’ is what I got, I remember thatLovin’ is what I got, I said remember thatLovin’ is what I got, I got, I got, I got

Sometimes life can be very discouraging, we’ve all experienced it. I personally love to write, but I battle with my true intentions frequently. Do I write to gain notoriety? Am I willing to write anything if it means a paycheck or a cool byline? In the past the answer to those question would’ve been yes, but now it’s no.

I love the lyric “I got a Dalmatian, and I can still get high. I can play the guitar like a motherfuckin’ riot.” I love this not because I have a Dalmatian (I actually dislike dogs), not because I do drugs (I don’t) and not even because I can play the guitar (I don’t even do that either). I love it because it represents a great life outlook. No matter what happens to you, there’s no reason to stop doing what you love, or to get down on yourself. Even when things go wrong, you still have your proverbial Dalmation and you can still proverbially get high. I mean, I bet you could still even do something like a motherfuckin’ riot.

I haven’t started thinking like this until very recently, but I’ve realized that there is absolutely no reason to live life pissed off or discouraged. I realize that sounds very cliche, but I’ve come to accept the things that occur throughout my day, as long as I’m at least giving it my best shot. This brings me to my other favorite lines from the song.

I contend that the verse I’m about to re-post is among the best verses ever written.

I don’t cry when my dog runs awayI don’t get angry at the bills I have to payI don’t get angry when my mom smokes potHits the bottle and goes right to the rockFuckin’ and fightin’, it’s all the sameLivin’ with Louie Dog’s the only way to stay saneLet the lovin’, let the lovin’ come back to me

Damn. I really used to cry when “my dog ran away.” By that, I mean that I used to let bad news bring me down … hard. This song helped me realize that living in a worried state, or letting an uncontrollable fact ruin your day are just terrible ways to go about things. There’s literally no reason to get angry about the bills you have to pay, it’s a fact of life. If we can limit the amount of unnecessary anger we display throughout a day, we can improve our life dramatically. For example, don’t get pissed when someone cuts you off, just be happy you didn’t wreck.

I apologize for the strong language in this post, but the line “fuckin’ and fightin’, it’s all the same” is just pure genius. It really is. Outside of controlled environments like marriage for the former or a boxing match for the latter, those two acts can ruin lives. If we begin to analyze our true intentions behind daily actions, maybe we can improve our lives. For example, if I send out a Snapchat, am I doing it to make others jealous? Am I doing it to try to force feed an image to others? Should I even do it at all? Social media in particular can bring crazy amounts of unnecessary stress to our lives.

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The best approach to life is to “let the big cool flow,” to quote Cool Runnings, and “let the lovin’ come back to you,” as Sublime advises. Let’s all pledge to not to get angry when our proverbial moms proverbially smoke pot.