Taylor Swift, I’m writing this love letter for you in honor of your new album, Lover. It’s everything I’ve wanted to say for the past 13 years.
There are a million ways we could do this. I could jump on Tumblr and pour my heart out to you. Maybe I’d add a clever hashtag and hope you come across it as I reblog myself and annoy my followers. Or tweet about how much you mean to me in hopes it wouldn’t get lost in the madness that is Twitter.
When you feel happy, free, confused or lonely, you write it down. You’ve recently shared a sneak peak at just how much you write down in stacks of diaries and journals. They’re filled with your heart’s voice and some of those words end up in poems we’re fortunate enough to listen to.
I’m writing my feelings down too, in this love letter to you, Taylor Swift.
First, I’d like to introduce myself because 175 words later, you still have no idea who I am.
Hi, I’m Karina and I come from a Mexican household. I was my parents’ first of three and we were all raised in New Mexico. Oh, and I have a kitty named after one of my favorite GOT characters, Lady Catelyn Stark.
I’ve written a few more facts about me here, in case you wanted to keep learning.
Right around the 9th grade, I got my first real crush on a boy who had shiny brown side-swept hair and beautiful eyes that never looked my way. He had a girlfriend, so I don’t blame him. (Like I had a chance either way)
But one day after school on the bus on our short ride home, my friend Rosa listened to me go on and on about this boy. To this day, I don’t recall anything I said to her but I remember her response so vividly in my head:
“You remind me of a song I heard on the radio the other day. It’s by a girl named Taylor Swift or something like that.”
I didn’t know then but Rosa had just changed the course of my life, not be be dramatic or anything.
She had just introduced me to someone who would become my inspiration and my best friend.
I remember going straight to my dinosaur desktop computer and typing in “Taylor Swift” in the search bar. My fingers were racing against that dial up internet. Then I heard it, Teardrops On My Guitar was written about me.
I had my very own Drew and wished I could be as flawless as he was. It was a weird happiness that I felt, I was happy I wasn’t the only one in the world who felt this form of sadness. At fifteen, that’s kind of a big deal. This Taylor girl had written a sad song about a sad situation and I was happy.
Somehow, I made it through the 9th grade. I made it through seeing him with her almost every day, and seeing how happy she made him. She was beautiful and had everything I had to live without (very dramatic).
At the end of that school year, my family and I moved to Las Vegas. I had lost my non-existent chance of telling him how I felt but I gained a lifelong friend. You and I both went on to do amazing things though (one of us went on to become a 10-grammy award-winning legend).
13 Years of Taylor Swift
It’s 2019 and you’re about to release your 7th studio album, Lover.
Not only are we getting 14 new songs really soon, but we’ll also be diving into some juicy diary entries in the deluxe versions.
This. Is. Wild.
For the past 13 years, you’ve grown as an artist. You’re constantly producing quality music by pouring your heart into everything you do. That’s not something anyone can just do.
But what’s even more inspiring is how you’ve grown as an individual. I’ve seen you struggle and felt you hurt but I’ve been at your side every time and every time, you overcome. It’s not easy being you. Especially under everyone’s microscope every second of every day. So for that, I applaud you.
I applaud you for standing up for others when their art wasn’t being valued enough. Time and time again, you’ve stood up for yourself; in interviews, online, through lyrics, and most importantly, in court. Your actions speak volumes to those of us who look up to you.
So, thank you.
I’d Like To Thank Taylor Swift
I don’t know how else to say it. Thank you for having such a kind heart and sharing it with the world. Thank you for inspiring so many women and pushing for equal pay. Thank you for being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. Thank you for speaking up for what you believe is right and the changes we need in this country. Thank you for continuing to be vulnerable though your music for us. Thank you putting your fans first. Oh, and thank you for being such a good cat mom.
When I started this letter, I thought I would have a novel (even though this sort of feels too long as it is!). But thanking you for the past 13 years is all I want to do.
You’ve had music when people weren’t there for you. I have you when I have no one here for me.
If you’ve made it this far, THANK YOU. I am beyond excited to continue this era with you and this album is about to be the death of me. You can catch me at the local Target getting my hands on all 4 deluxe versions. It’s been so much fun finding those Easter eggs in your music videos, reading your magazine articles, the whole 5 Holes In the Fence fiasco, secret sessions, your Paddington wardrobe obsession, everything.
Ima help you out with a little promo. For anyone else reading this, you can pre-order all 4 deluxe versions of Lover at Target! It’s out Friday, August 23 so hurry up!
Taylor, you deserve all the happiness in the world.
Thank you for being a part of my life for the past 13 years and I can’t wait to continue this journey with you.
For now, I’m gonna get back to dancing alone in my living room to your latest song, Lover, until the album drops on Friday! If you want, you can also find me on Twitter and Instagram @alltookarina.