I want to start by thanking you. You are an inspiration to so many people, not only through your music and talent, but also with the way you hold yourself. With all of the fame you have acquired, you are still grounded and care about your fans. That means a lot to someone like me, who has loved you since the beginning.
The first song I heard of yours was “Our Song”, and I immediately fell in love. From then on, I was attached to your music. I started out just listening to your music for fun. But then I entered high school. I was bullied almost every day, and my life was made hell by some of the people I thought were my closest friends. Instead of breaking down, I would listen to your music. The entire Fearless album got me through my freshman and sophomore years.
I knew I was gay in the middle of my high school career. Life became really hard, as I felt so alone in a world surrounded by people who loved me. I didn’t know who I could tell or who would still love me if I did tell them. I would feel so hopeless at times, I would lay in my bed and just cry. I would take my iPod and put your music on shuffle. Your songs were what got me through and prevented the darkness from taking control. You saved my life.
The personal touches in each and every song were what helped so much. I could relate to every word you put in each song on Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, and, now, Red. The heartbreak, the happiness, the crushes, the good times, the bad times…every song incorporated something I could apply to my own life and help me realize that everything was going to be okay.
When Red came out, I was in my first year of college. I grew up past the afraid little freshman that needed “Fifteen” to give him courage. I was now a confident young man who embraced his sexuality and was bigger than the bullies that threatened him. And it was all because of you. I began to realize that I couldn’t be afraid. I wouldn’t let them win. I was my own person, I was special, and I had to be fearless and speak now.
Red and 1989 just reconfirmed these feelings. With songs like “22” and “Shake It Off”, I realized being carefree can be my biggest asset. Life was confusing. But we had to tackle it head-on or risk losing it all. That is why I now have a tattoo that says “fearless” on my left foot. It’s a daily reminder to not be afraid to let myself create my own happiness, and not define my happiness by a significant other.
I love you, Taylor. I always have, I always will. You have a special place in my heart, for you helped save my life. It is my goal to someday meet you, give you a hug, and thank you in person for all you have done for me. I will wait for that day. But, for now, know that you are a beautiful person, inside and out, and your music has had huge impacts on peoples’ lives. Thank you. For being you. For being fearless. For speaking now. For living in red. For partying like it’s 1989. For everything.