I remember being 7 years old, and I heard Love Story for the first time. From that moment I was hooked. I saw you wearing that princess gown and I wanted to be just like you. But as I grew up I realised it wasn't your clothes I wanted (though they're beautiful), it was your dedication, work ethic and love for those around you I admired the most. Thank you for inspiring me. You've helped shape me into the person I am, teach me I am of worth and that I can achieve my goals. You helped me realise being a good person is worth it. In a world where good people are often put down, as I'm sure you know all too well. But seeing you change the lives of millions of people all around the world shows me it is worth it. Because no matter what happens in life be good to people, being good to people in a wonderful legacy to leave behind, right? Someone once said those very wise words, and they've carried me throughout my life. Thank you for saying those words.
I can't count how many times I've cried myself to sleep at night sobbing to your music. But it was your music that kept me going, Taylor. You've heard this thousands of times before and you'll hear it again, I hope you really know the impact your music truly has on us. Whether it's people being mean or being betrayed, or just when I fall into a spiralling pit of anxiety and self-hate, your music has always been the number 1 source of comfort for me, and so many others in the world. I remember watching your Clean speech for the first time. I was on Tumblr and I clicked on the video, excitement building up inside me because you're finally on tour. It took about 20 seconds before tears started streaming down my face. It really spoke to me. Now when someone puts me down I tell myself I'm not their opinion of me. You've changed my life, and so many others. We're all tiny pieces of this giant world, one that can so easily engulf us if we're not careful. You're the one that helped us realise we can leave footprints on this Earth.
Lastly, you've made me a better person. You've helped teach me to love and appreciate all that's around me, because I see the impact you make on us. Every small thing you do we notice, we see how much you try to make us happy. And words can't describe how much we appreciate it. I don't know if you'll ever see it, but it feels so good to write it out. I hope I can see you on tour sometime, I went to Red and Speak Now but you didn't come to New Zealand for 1989 or Fearless. I really hope you do sometime, we're nice people I swear. This letter has been so rambly and I wrote it so fast, but I hope you just realise how much you mean to me and that I will always support you. Thank you again, Taylor Alison Swift. You're the story we'll be telling to our grandchildren. We'll be pointing to your pictures and telling them what an incredible, beautiful, wonderful journey we had. But most importantly, we'll still be quoting your lyrics and dancing to your music. Thank you.
All my love,
Grace, xoxo (tswiftx1989 on Instagram and Tumblr and full-time Swiftie)