That’s right- my life goal is to live life like a goat. A real goat, as in the barnyard animal, not to be confused with G.O.A.T.s like Tom Brady, L.L. Cool J, etcetera. I’m not sure what it is about goats, but I think they are the king of cool. Maybe it’s those eerie, half-evil eyes. Maybe it’s the horns.
Why would anyone want to adopt a goat-like persona?
That question is best answered by listening to a song a friend of mine wrote a few decades ago called Goat.
The chorus goes like this:
I ain’t worried about the government trying to bring me down.
I don’t feel like I’m inferior, cuz I haven’t been around.
I don’t know what a job is and stress is no bother.
The sunshine is my sister and the moon is my brother.
Those lyrics remind me to chill out and stop worrying; to be content just being. Goats are too cool to mire themselves in the nonsense we humans often drown ourselves in. We have a lot to learn from our barnyard buddies.
If you have three minutes, spend them listening to Goat. It’s a happy, ska-styled tune with wisdom for us bipeds.
Goat was written by Brett Wanner for his band Rupadupa. I met Brett while playing in Rupadaupa back in the early 1990’s, but left the band when this song was just a sketch. When I eventually heard the finished product, it stuck with me.
So give it a listen! Get in touch with your inner goat and reap the benefits of simplicity and contentment.
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