The cut came about when Owen found himself ruminating about the daily grind. He shared his thoughts with his album producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman. Jake Owen told McAnally and Copperman that he wanted to leave behind the fun-loving beach songs that have given him much of his success and start singing about the things that are most important to him in his life. "I'm 33, I'm married, I have a kid," he told Taste of Country
. "My dad beat cancer. I've gone through a lot of real life situations over the last couple of years, and I said for me, on this record I want to get back to that. I want to get back to talking about things that are real to me, and real life scenarios."
The two writers enlisted Ashley Gorley and Josh Osborne and wrote a song especially for the singer. "Next thing I know, a couple of weeks later, the two of them sent me this song that they wrote together called 'Real Life,'" Owen recalled.