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Taylor Swift’s Powerful Message About ‘Embracing The Cringe’ Is Everything You Need To Hear Today

Taylor Swift’s Powerful Message About ‘Embracing The Cringe’ Is Everything You Need To Hear Today

Teenage years are the hardest, but for me, Taylor Swift’s music made it all a little bearable. Her songs had the answers to every crisis I have ever had. Bad breakup? Just put on All too well…Rough day? Dance to Shake it off...Have a new crush? Tell them — You belong with me. So, as a proud Swiftie, today has been one of the most special days of my life as I watched Taylor receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the New York University.

Sporting her signature red lipstick and newly awarded honorary robe, Taylor looked every bit amazing as she walked toward the stage at a packed Yankee Stadium. The singer’s commencement speech is something every woman needs to hear.


In the 20-minute speech Taylor shared personal anecdotes and spoke about embracing your authentic self. The pop icon shared, “Life can be heavy, especially if you try to carry it all at once. Part of growing up and moving into new chapters of your life is about catch and release. Secondly, learn to live alongside cringe … I had a phase where, for the entirety of 2012, I dressed like a 1950s housewife. But you know what? I was having fun.”

Taylor talked about how she missed out on having a normal college experience as her career took off when she was just 15. She stated, “I never got to have the normal college experience, per se. I went to public high school until tenth grade and finished my education doing homeschool work on the floors of airport terminals. Then I went out on the road on a radio tour, which sounds incredibly glamorous but in reality, it consisted of a rental car, motels, and my mom and I pretending to have loud mother-daughter fights with each other during boarding so no one would want the empty seat between us on Southwest.”

While Taylor’s entire speech was incredible, her take on healing and recovering really stayed with me. The eleven-time Grammy winner shared, “You will screw it up sometimes. So will I. And when I do, you will most likely read about it on the internet. Hard things will happen to us. We will recover. We will learn from it. We will grow more resilient because of it.”

Doctor Taylor Swift — you once again gave everyone the feels! BRB, just saving notes from the speech in my journal.

Feature Image Credit: Instagram

19 May 2022

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