This video is a perfect example of why I believe Taylor is a wonderful example for success!
So, I know this could be a bit off topic for a photographer to be talking about Taylor Swift. Just the same Taylor's newest album just came out on October 27th and I am yet again just baffled by her amazing talents. I just watched the video above today and I just thought what an amazing person, what amazing accomplishments.
In our world sometimes I feel as though the people in the spotlight, the people we address with such admiration, they often don't deserve it. Its very unsettling to me to watch young girls following the leads of "Miley Cyrus" or "Kesha" or any of these individuals singing about self destructive behavior and rebellious acts. Now don't get me wrong, I think there is something to be said for art, whatever form, of course. However, Miley in particular with the objectifying of her body and obvious unhealthy habits, preaching such behavior to other young viewers, that isn't something I agree with.
Now, something really interesting that I notice amongst all this craziness, is people like Miley and Kesha are deemed "Trend Setters" they get praise and acknowledgement. Where there are honest, true, selfless people trying to be good while they climb the ladder to successm they are being ridiculed constantly.
The rumors and torment that the media and society put Taylor Swift through continuously is simply absurd. She is an artist who does the work, she writes all her music and is an active participant in her own success and yet her attempts at love are plastered all over for the world to ridicule. Its truly UN-fair. Everyone has a right to search the world for someone else they love and understand. Someone as wonderful as her should be granted that right and should be left alone to discover herself and someone else that might be the right person to spend her life with.
I have had a soft spot in my heart for Taylor originally because of relating to her music. Her understanding for a teenage girl's troubles was so comforting to listen to. I have kept her in my heart for her goodness, her talent, her pure words and honest lyrics. However, I think the ultimate reason for my fondness of her is her example. She shows young women you CAN do things that haven't been done. You CAN be YOURSELF, you DON'T have to be someone you are not. Taylor shows with one of her new singles "shake it off" that even if people talk, it shouldn't ruin your time, you should continue to do good things and be who you are.
Taylor has donated millions to foundations and charities and made countless attempts to set up organizations and programs to make this world a better place. She is an advocate for the young people wanting to learn more about music, she is an advocate for the teenager struggling to be themselves under the pressure of other adolescents. Taylor has reached this success at the young age of 24 simply because she went out and got it, the amount of obstacles in her way has always been numerous, but she has prevailed.
The most amazing of all of this however, is how through all the ridicule and drama around her personal life and career, she has ALWAYS acted with grace, poise and elegance. She has never acted dramatically to anything anyone has said about her.
Taylor is my example for how success should be dealt with. So many people become successful and throw all morals and values out the window. When you love what you do, you need to make sure with whatever you gain you are humble. Taylor's music is evolving into something new all the time, she has grown from a young girl to a successful woman setting an amazing example for people to follow. I will always have her and her music as a reminder of what I should be. I think no matter what your profession you should always have respect for those who do it ever so gallantly, which in my eyes, Taylor does !
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