I can remember exactly where I was when I heard my first Taylor Swift song. My mom was driving me home from swim practice, and I turned the volume up when I heard Tim Mcgraw playing on the radio. At first, I thought it was a Sara Evans song *face palm* but the radio DJ quickly cleared that up for me. And with that an obsession began.
Her first self-titled album was like reading my diary, it was so filled with heartbreaking crushes that every middle school girl in America could relate to. I essentially listened to it on repeat for two years.
Her second album came out when I was fourteen and you can bet that when my friends started turning 15, I posted many birthday videos of me singing Fifteen on their facebook walls. I read every article written about Taylor, watched all her vlogs on youtube about her adventures on tour, cheered for her at every award show, and dreamed of going to her concert.
I marked the days on my calendar until Taylor Swift’s third album, Speak Now, came out. And, the best birthday gift ever came for my 17th birthday; my best friend had an extra ticket to her show the same week as my birthday. We made matching t-shirts, pink glitter and all.
Taylor’s fourth album, Red, came out when I was a freshman at college and proved that her music was more than dreams of high school romance. It also proved every girl in America was affected by her. That album was constantly playing in every girl’s room in my building for a solid two months after it came out. There were few nights my friends and I went out and didn’t listen to 22 while we got ready.
Taylor’s latest album came out this fall and I love it just as much as I did that very first one, even though it’s vastly different. From a 13 year old with wet hair sitting shotgun in her mother’s suburban to a 20 year old junior in college I remain a Taylor Swift fan. When I look at how much she’s changed from that teenager strumming an acoustic guitar to the pop star she is today I’m reminded how much I’ve changed too. I grew up with Taylor Swift. As she got older and more mature, so did I. As she learned about heartbreak from unworthy boys who didn’t treat her right, so did I. As she got hate from the media, I got typical social media teen hate.
Taylor Swift has taught me to embrace all things girly and sparkly, to keep on believing in fairy tales no matter how many times your heart has been broken, and to not let anyone keep you down.
I recognize all the changing Taylor has done and honestly if she hadn’t I probably wouldn’t like her as much. If she was still singing about small crushes I would tell her to grow up and write something new. I’m confident that as long as she continues to grow and evolve I will continue to buy every album. #cantstopwontstop