Taylor Swift is turning thirty this year and wrote an essay for Elle entitled “30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30.”
I love Taylor and have since the country days. She has a good head on her shoulders, she’s smart, business savvy and does a lot of good things for the community. Breaking her silence on politics was not my favorite thing she’s ever done, but I can separate music from her personal beliefs. And she hasn’t gone overboard with the politics…yet.
There are a few things in the Elle article that lead me to believe she will continue to publicly speak out about her political leanings, though.
Swift revealed that after the concert bombing in Manchester and the Vegas shooting at Route Route 91 Harvest music festival, she started carrying around army grade bandage dressing.
My biggest fear. After the Manchester Arena bombing and the Vegas concert shooting, I was completely terrified to go on tour this time because I didn’t know how we were going to keep 3 million fans safe over seven months. There was a tremendous amount of planning, expense, and effort put into keeping my fans safe. My fear of violence has continued into my personal life. I carry QuikClot army grade bandage dressing, which is for gunshot or stab wounds. Websites and tabloids have taken it upon themselves to post every home address I’ve ever had online. You get enough stalkers trying to break into your house and you kind of start prepping for bad things. Every day I try to remind myself of the good in the world, the love I’ve witnessed and the faith I have in humanity. We have to live bravely in order to truly feel alive, and that means not being ruled by our greatest fears.
And on politics, she’s finding her voice. And we can expect to hear more from her as the 2020 race approaches.
I’m finding my voice in terms of politics. I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life. I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change. Only as someone approaching 30 did I feel informed enough to speak about it to my 114 million followers. Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric. I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year.