We all know Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is a BAMF — that’s pretty much a fact at this point. As of today, our editors are actually putting a moratorium on the word “badass” because we’ve used it way too many times in conjunction with his name, and we’re far more creative than that anyways. The question you need to ask yourself is: Why is Daryl such a rockstar?

Here are a few life lessons that just might get you the closest you’re ever going to get to being Daryl Dixon.

If You’re a Mf’ing Boss, You Don’t Need to Give a Sh*t About What You’re Wearing.
Examples: Ponchos, sleeveless button-down shirts, cut-off denim vests.

However, just because it's the zombie apocalypse, doesn't mean you don't have a little bit of time to trim your beard for that sexy stubble look.

Watch Your Mouth, Sunshine.
Everyone can use a little bit of sunshine in their life.  Especially when being told to shutup.

Don’t Do Sexy Time.
Like in the broader horror genre, if you want to stay safe, don't have sex. You can look sexy. But do not act on that sexiness. Otherwise, you will die. Look at what happened to Lori, Shane, and Andrea.

Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC Photo: Daryl Dixon Is Armed and Dangerous

Stay Off the Main Roads.
The national highway system is a miracle of 1950s American optimism, but that doesn’t mean we have to keep using it.  Most people are idiots, so don’t go where they’re going!  Stick to country lanes while the idiots get killed off on the more highly-traveled arterials.

Don’t Be Anybody’s B*tch.
Learn it. Live it. Love it.

Be Eco-Friendly.
Recycling ammo is the post-apocalyptic equivalent of going green.

The Children Are the Future.
They’re the only hope for the future if the zombie apocalypse is ever overcome. And if not, who will grow up into the next generation of walkers?

Get ‘er Done.
If someone needs to be killed, just get it over with. A weak link deserves the dignity of being removed swiftly and professionally.

Did we miss any Daryl life lessons you live by? If so, share them in the comments section below! 

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Chako Suzuki is Head of Editorial Operations at Wetpaint. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+!