Monday, August 10, 2015

Building a Case for My Friendship With Taylor Swift

Today I've decided to come out. My husband has always thought it was pretty obvious but I was in denial for a long time. It's not because I've been completely ashamed but I've felt it was kind of inappropriate given my age and the stage in life I'm in. For God's sake I'm an almost 42 year old married woman with an elementary aged son! But I've thought about it and realized that whoever has a problem with it is entitled to their opinion and it only says something about them and not necessarily about my preferences or character.

I am a Swiftie. A Taylor Swift fan.

It all started out innocently, with me enjoying some of her ballads from years ago and then a few upbeat songs here and there. I think what really did it for me was her song We are Never Ever Getting Back Together. It has been my perfect treadmill-jogging song for the longest time, but then one thing led to another and I ended up clicking on her other YouTube videos. I believe I reached the point of no return when I heard Blank Space and heard her sing "Cos darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream". I was hooked and turned into a certified fan. I mean, gosh darnit! I wish I had come up with that line myself! I now totally want to make a wall decal of that and stick it on my walls!

One might think this Joy-Taylor combination seems weird and I admit on the surface it looks that way for sure. We are very different after all.

She obviously has lean and long, neverending legs. I have....legs that function, let's leave it at that.

She loves cats and has two of them. I think cats are evil.

She clearly has a very colorful love life and a long list of ex-es. I have one ex who I ended up being friends with so I can't really write an angry song about him now, can I?

She has countless fans worldwide, with 61.8 million Twitter followers and God knows how many other millions listen to her music. I'm still struggling to become at least momentarily viral after six years in the blogosphere and seven on social media. How sad. 

She was born in 1989, when I was old enough to have her. (Just old enough, but definitely not mature enough). 

But Taylor, oh Taylor, you and I can still be besties, cant' we? We're really not that different and let me prove  this to you.

We're both overthinkers and overanalyzers, with brains constantly bombarded with fears and neverending anxieties. I heard you say that in one of your interviews and I gave you a virtual high five!

We're both writers and though I wish I had written half of your hits myself, I invoke my not-so-interesting life as my solid excuse for not being able to do so. 

You and I both have connections to Nashville. (A for effort, right?!)

Finallyand this is the most important similarity of alllook at you with a hat. Adorable!


Image by: Jana Zills

But see!....I can wear a hat too!!



So what do you think? Send me an email, a Twitter or Facebook message so we can meet up for drinks or something? I'm a good listener, I promise, and I bet I can be your best 40-something year old friend!






16 comments:

  1. Thanks for writing this...it absolutely started my day off right...and guess what?

    (I'm 63 and a Taylor Swift fan too...my go to tune is Shake It Off...perfect for battling breast cancer!) :D

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    1. Love that one too, Cathy! And you're right, it's a perfect theme song! Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you're kicking cancer's butt! xoxo

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  2. You are rocking the hat! I have to say I was never a fan but I saw her on the BBC America Chat show Graham Norton and she was funny and seemed very 25 year old normal (with a lot of fame and talent).

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    1. Hehehe, thanks Haralee! Yes, she seems to be a very smart young woman as well and appears to be pretty level headed. :-)

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  3. Haha! Joy! Been openly a TS fan since Love Story. She is a great songwriter and singer. :-D Now, let me find that hat I was just wearing...:-)

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    1. I think I was so scared to be labeled 'country', Ging. Hehehehe....But she was never super country anyway. But I really respect her for her talent and how she's not gone wild all these years. Go wear that hat woman and show it to the world! Thanks for reading and dropping by, Ging! Means a lot to me! mwwaaahh!

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  4. Love this! I'm closer to becoming a fan thanks to you. She's so pretty, so talented, so clever, so savvy - of course we have to admire a woman like her. Let us know when you meet her!

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    1. Pennie, if you decide to be her fan, that would rock HER world! She's always so thrilled whenever she hears that she's crossing her usual demographics for her fan base. But she's super talented and wise for her age so we can't help it, right?! ;-) Thanks Pennie!!

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  5. Loved this post! Refreshing, rye and original it gave me a pick-me-up after a long day in the classroom! Thanks #PBAUS

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    1. Awww, you made my day, Lisa! Thanks and glad it gave you what you needed. xoxo

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  6. Totally makes sense to me. I mean . . . hats . . .

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  7. You're practically twins in those hats! ;)

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  8. I love this Joy! I think Taylor Swift is great - for the most part, she's such a positive role model to her young fans, and there aren't many of those around these days. Plus, her songs are definitely catchy!

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  9. I would love it if Taylor Swift would leave you a comment here. I bet she would be so honored if she read this!

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  10. I am totally with you. I have the biggest girl crush on Taylor at the moment. She is all I listen to. I love cats and love she loves cats. I too am old enough to be her mother - very young mother I might add but her songs just resonate with me, they are catchy and I love Googling to find out which song is written about which ex...

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