Samantha Highfill
September 04, 2013 AT 04:18 PM EDT

Queen Bey knows what success feels like. She’s a successful businesswoman, a successful wife, a successful mother, a successful singer … basically, if you look up “success” in the dictionary, there will be a ridiculously gorgeous, uber glamorous shot of Beyonce’s face. But the good thing about Bey is that she likes to share her wealth of knowledge with her fans through her music. So today, to celebrate the 32nd birthday of the Queen of Pop, we’ve rounded up 32 important life lessons that we might never have learned if it weren’t for Bey belting them out (while also performing a challenging dance routine in high heels). Check out her best lyrical lessons below:

You have to be your own best friend: “Me myself and I/That’s all I got in the end/That’s what I found out/And it ain’t no need to cry/I took a vow that from now on/I’m gonna be my own best friend”

If you can wear tennis shoes in front of a man, it’s probably true love: “Tennis shoes don’t even need to buy a new dress/You ain’t there, ain’t nobody else to impress”

Every woman needs to own a freakum dress to solve all her man problems: “Cause when he act up/That’s when you put it on/Been on him up tight/This is your song/Hold out your back/Time to impress/Pull out your freakum dress”

Men are replaceable: “I can have another you by tomorrow/So don’t you ever for a second get to thinkin’/You’re irreplaceable”

Heroes need saving, too: “Who’s there to save the hero/When she’s left all alone/And she’s crying out for help/Who’s there to save the hero/Who’s there to save the girl/After she saves the world”

Propose, already!: “If you liked it then you should’ve put a ring on it”

Women have always kept the tempo: “I can do for you what Martin did for the people/Ran by the men but the women keep the tempo”

Women could be better men than men: “If I were a boy/I think I could understand/How it feels to love a girl/I swear I’d be a better man”

It’s okay to love inanimate objects: “I think I’m in love with my radio/Cause it never lets me down/And I fall in love with my stereo/Whenever I hear that sound”

Algebra applies to love: “One plus one equals two”

Girls (and their persuasion) run pretty much everything: “My persuasion can build a nation/Endless power/With our love we can devour/You’ll do anything for me/Who run the world/Girls!”

Real women cook dinner in heels: “I’m all up under him like it’s cold, winter time/All up in the kitchen in my heels, dinner time”

Money matters: “If you ain’t gettin’ money, then you ain’t got nothing fo’ me”

Grown men wear low-hanging pants: “I love how you approach me/Fresh white, with your pants hangin’ grown-man low/Everything you sayin’ soundin’ good to me/No need to convince me anymore”

A good boyfriend isn’t afraid to go public: “You actin’ kinda shady, ain’t callin’ me baby/Better say my name”

Charlie’s Angels know how to get down like independent women: “Girl I didn’t know you could get down like that/Charlie, how your Angels get down like that”

Shake what yo mama gave ya: “I shake my jelly at every chance/When I whip with my hips you slip into a trance/I’m hoping you can handle all this jelly that I have”

Never forget your manners: “You know I’m not gon diss you on the internet/Cause my mama taught me better than that”

Some men aren’t worth the tears: “You don’t deserve my tears/I guess that’s why they ain’t there”

Men, you have two options: “You can be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare”

Love doesn’t always make sense: “You say you’ve got the most respect for me/But, sometimes I feel you’re not deserving of me/And still, you’re in my heart/But you’re the only one”

Even Beyonce is scared of being alone: “And I’m scared of being the only shadow I see along the wall/And I’m scared the only heartbeat I hear beating is my own/And I’m scared of being alone”

Being an adult rocks: “I’m a grown woman/I can do whatever I want”

Don’t forget to dance: “A little sweat ain’t never hurt nobody”

Traffic-light signals apply to more than just driving: “You’re holding up traffic/Green means go”

First come, first serve works in love, too: “I know she was attractive but I was here first”

Don’t be shy: “If you got it, flaunt it, boy I know you want it/While I turn around you watch me check up on it”

Love is everything: “No matter who you love/It is so simple, a feeling/But it’s everything”

Bug-a-boos ain’t cool: “You buggin what/You buggin who/You buggin me/And don’t you see it ain’t cool”

Second chances do exist: “Maybe we can start all over/Give love another life”

Controlling relationships are not allowed: “Try to control me, boy you’ll get dismissed/Do what I want, live how I wanna live/Buy my own diamonds, and pay my own bills”

She was here (in case you didn’t notice her): “I want to say I lived each day, until I died/And know that I meant something in, somebody’s life/The hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leave/That I made a difference, and this world will see/I was here”

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