Hey Taylor -
Honestly, there are so many words that I would love to say if I ever got the chance to meet you, but the two words that sum them all up are “thank you.” Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you for your music. It has gotten me through all of the tough times in my life: when I’ve been alone, when I’ve been heartbroken, when I’ve felt like life just simply isn’t worth living. Through it all, I knew I could count on your music to make me feel whole again, that life isn’t about the people that tear you apart or leave you crying in your room at 2 AM. Maybe we didn’t have the exact same experiences in school, but I truly believe we both felt that pit of despair that comes with not fitting in or being accepted. I became a true Swiftie when I listened to Speak Now for the first time. I fell in love with the way you wrote your music: from the heart. I feel like too often people write music to sell or to appease the masses. You write from your own experiences, your own heartbreaks, your own tears, and even from your own inner happiness. To be honest, I think that is the difference between having great lyrics and having beautiful lyrics. Your music never fails to take the pain away. I honestly don’t know if I would be here today if it weren’t for your music. I’ll always be grateful to you for that.
Thank you for my favorite song of yours: Enchanted. I’ve listened to that song countless times. When it first came out when I was in middle school, I fell in love with the melody, the way the song feels like a fairytale, the way you would speak the lyrics “Please don’t be in love with someone else” in one ear and sing them in the other. The production of the song is just simply fantastic. In high school, it became a reality. I became the lyrics. I met someone that changed my life and made me see starlight in the daytime and a kaleidoscope of colors in my sleep. There was a point where I listened to the song every day when I came home from school because I sang to myself, pleading him to love me the same way I loved him. And yet, he never did. He never saw me as more than a friend, and it killed me inside, but I knew I would always love him regardless. Even in the heartbreak, Enchanted was there for me, practically lulling me to sleep at night. I (tragically) didn’t get to go to the Speak Now concert to hear Enchanted live, so when I heard it for the first time on the 1989 tour, I low-key broke down in tears because I was so happy. Gosh, Taylor, I don’t know what I would do without that song. I love it so much.
Thank you for giving me the best friends I could’ve asked for. High school was a time when I didn’t have any friends, and I woke up every morning with a pit in my stomach because I would have to endure the other students in class. I suffer from social anxiety, so even leaving the house in morning was such a struggle. Most people just don’t understand people like me. They see me as someone who is quiet and strange and incapable of forming relationships so they don’t give me the time of day. I was so alone. Then, I made fan accounts for you on Twitter (@swiftlyunbroken) and Tumblr (@absentmindedlyfearless), and made the best of friends through them. During my senior year of high school, I met a group of people who were my age and all had the same struggles as I did and I finally felt like I wasn’t alone. There were people like me out there. I was happy again. For the past three years or so, I’ve met some pretty awesome people, and its all thanks to you. I even have a group chat with some pretty amazing people (I can’t call bring myself to call us a squad, forgive me) that I can’t wait to meet in real life. I’ve found my people through you and it brought me out of that darkness.
Finally, thank you for simply being you. Your strength, your courage, your grace, your attitude, your mind - all of it has inspired me in one way or another. I know you don’t know me personally. I know some fans like to call you their best friend, and I just can’t say I feel the same because I just know its not true. I feel like you have to personally know someone for a while before you can call them a best friend. However, I do know that you are a role model figure for me - someone who I can look to if I need help or the courage to make that first step, whatever it may be. And on the other hand, I feel the love from you. Maybe not directly at me, but to all of us Swifties. I know you care for each and every one of us. Others may not agree, but I think the fact that you have the meet and greets, the invites to your freaking house, the Secret Sessions, the likes and comments on Tumblr… You do care for us, and I appreciate it. I know the media can be such a pain, and I feel it every time I see an article about you. It must be infinitely times worse for you. Please, please, please know that we, your fans, love you so so much, and their opinions don’t matter. I know its impossible not to feel the pain, but I hope that our love can overcome any hate that you get in the press. You helped us so much, so we will help you.
I can’t wait for TS6 and I’m sure it will be even better than the last. Thank you so much Taylor.
Love forever and always,
P.S. If you wanted to know a little bit more about me: I’m 19 years old, and currently going to college in Florida. I live in Southern California, but I’ll soon be moving to North Carolina. I’ve seen you three times: at the Red Tour in LA (where you brought out Tegan and Sara), at the We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and at the 1989 Tour in Tampa (yay for Alessia and Idina!). Also, I have a slight obsession with Grey’s Anatomy thanks to you lol.
P.S.S. I'm also slightly obsessed with your outfit in the cover image of this. Is that a weird thing to admit? Idk man, but I love it.
Hi there! I'm Gabby, I'm 19, and I'm originally from SoCal, but currently going to school in Florida, and also soon moving to North Carolina (exciting times I know). I love music, TV shows, making friends, reading, eating... oh, and I might have a slight obsession with Taylor Swift.