Brooks is no stranger to taking risks, especially in pushing the boundaries of country music with rock influences or taking a stance on racial equality and gay rights (in "We Shall Be Free
"). That fearlessness is at the heart of the song. He wrote in his 2017 book, The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years
: "This one was a statement I felt like I needed to make, maybe because it was also a statement I needed to hear. You know, it's one of those songs about living, about taking those risks, those chances, not playing it safe, allowing
failure, allowing a little mess along the way. What is it they say, 'Better to fail trying than to never try?' If we don't respond to passion - to that thing deep within us - are we really living the fullest life? And I've always believed that. And throughout my life, songs
have been the things that have helped me remember that. This song joined that family. And once we brought it in the studio, it got a treatment that was different from anything we'd ever done."