About halfway through the show, she came off the main stage, and bravely walked through the crowd with her guards. She got on another smaller stage at the end of the arena. There, she had a stool and her guitar, and she played several songs.
During this segment, she talked about each song she played, and the first song she played was “Our Song.” She told the crowd that she wrote this song for the High School talent show when she was in the 9th grade!
The lesson here is that if you’re young, don’t doubt yourself just because you’re young. You have a gift. Taylor Swift embraced her gift and shares it with the world which is a gift to everyone who likes her music.
She also talked about writing from her heart, writing about her feelings. She talked about how she sometimes struggles to articulate her feelings but when she writes them down, she understands them. “Ya know that feeling when you write it and you ‘nail it’? You know that you finally figured it out.” she said.
I wanted to jump up and shout, “Yes! I know that feeling!” I think many of you do too – that feeling you get when you really write from your heart and you manage to get your truth down.
Even if you’re in the 8th grade, or 9th grade, or 10th grade, you know your truth, and you know you’re talented. So, keep writing! And don’t be afraid to share it.
When kids in high school were mean and told Taylor Swift she “couldn’t sing,” she wrote the song “Mean” with the lyrics, “Someday I’ll be living in a big ol’ city, And all you’re ever gonna be is mean!”