Willie Nelson has experienced a lot of life in his 83 years, and the singer recently shared some important advice with Great Big Stories. His first tip? Don't be an ... actually, we'll let him tell you in the clip above.

"You can go right into the golden rule — treat people like the way you'd like to be treated," he shares during an interview on his tour bus, spliced with animated footage of the red-haired singer being bullied as a child.

He says being true to yourself is all-important.

"I think you have to follow your feelings, do what your conscience tells you to do. If you feel like you can do anything, whether it's this cause or that cause, I think you're obligated to do it," he notes. "I feel like we're all responsible for each other. If you see somebody who needs help, you help them. If you see someone's cow in a ditch you help them pull it out."

Nelson concedes that he likes to think every person tries to be as good an example as they can be to others, whether it's for their kids or the rest of the world. Nelson himself sets this example, as he never shies away from causes he believes in like his annual Farm Aid concerts, which benefit local family farmers.

The singer postponed two concerts in November, citing an undisclosed illness. He shows no sign of slowing down, though, as he released a tribute album to Ray Price, For the Good Times, in September. He also appeared in the CMA 50th anniversary tribute Forever Country, which featured his song “On the Road Again.”

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