8 Things We Can Learn from Taylor Swift
By Vicki, age 21, South Africa
Taylor Swift may only be 21 years old, but that hasn't stopped her from following her own dreams and aspirations. She is known for writing songs about break ups, family values, and friendships. But who exactly is this girl who hails from Nashville? And how exactly has she managed to do things her way all this time, rather than Hollywood's way? In this article we will explore what makes her tick.
1. She's not afraid to try new things.
"I learned to play guitar when I was twelve from this guy named Ronnie who came over to fix my parents' computer."
What's the one thing you wanna do, but you're too afraid of trying? Go out there and just do it! You just might like it so much that it will open up a whole new career for you ... just like it did for Taylor!
2. She's not afraid to grow up.
"I've found that growing up can mean a lot of things. For me, it doesn't mean I should become somebody completely new and stop loving the things I used to love."
3. She is not worried about what others think.
"I like quilts - so much that I shop for them online. My brother said to me the other day, 'Taylor, you're an 80-year-old woman ...'"
She's not shy to express her love for things - geeky or not. She even gave her car, a Toyota, a nickname (Toyoat)!
4. She's happy with where she is.
"I LOVE my town. I love it so much, I feel like I should just roll the windows down in my car and scream, 'I LOVE THIS TOWN!' loudly out the windows."
When you're happy with who you are, you will be happy wherever you are.
5. She knows who she is.
"It's important that you know that I will never change. But I'll never stay the same either."
6. She is realistic about her life.
"These days, I've been trying to classify my thoughts into two categories: "Things I can change," and "Things I can't change." It seems to help me sort through what to really stress about."
What are you stressed out about? Ask yourself, "Can I do something about it?" Make peace with the things you can't change. Life isn't always fair, but you can remain positive.
7. She sticks to her boundaries.
"It's just a life decision. I like wearing pretty dresses and I like trying out new styles, but I don't feel comfortable taking my clothes off."
It's pretty hard to stand by your values and what you believe in, especially when you're young. But if Taylor Swift can do it, so can you!
8. She's creative.
"I write songs about my adventures and misadventures, and about love. Lately I've come to a wonderful realization that makes me even more fascinated by it: I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to love. No one does! There's no pattern to it, except that it happens to all of us, of course. I can't plan for it. I can't predict how it'll end up."
Think big; think outside the box. The world is open to you. Embrace your talents and play with it!