Taylor Swift. Award-winning and record-breaking singer, songwriter and performer. Inspiration for #RelationshipGoals. Hostess with the Mostess. Filler of concert stadiums. Baking enthusiast. Seemingly genuinely nice person who likes to surprise and delight fans. Cat-lover and possibly obsessed. Friend to many, including celebrities. The youngest person to make Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women” list. Style-maker. Game-changing voice in protecting her art. A net worth of $200 million. Influencer with a die-hard fan-base that follows, applauds, and rewards her work and being.
I wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard fan but I’ve bought albums, cheered on her TV appearances, subconsciously memorized songs, and now, have attended a concert (night #2 in Chicago). The concert was fun and energizing. She sang all the songs from her newest 1989 album (minus two bonus songs) and plus 4 old songs. She brought currently very popular country artist Sam Hunt out on stage to sing his single “Take Your Time” and the crowd went nuts. She’s a true entertainer – confident, sassy, talented, and sweet. From the outfits and choreography to the in-between pep talks to the crowd, Taylor is continuously perfecting her craft and by the crowd’s response (selling out two nights of 55,000 seats in Chicago and lots and lots of screaming), she’s doing it very well. She also continuously told the crowd she was thankful for her fans getting her to where she is and that her life has been so fruitful with friends and opportunities in the past year. Music connects people in unthinkable ways and with her music, Taylor’s been a cheerleader, encourager and friend to many and continues to be so.
Make a quick search and you’ll find articles upon articles about her business-savviness, power, and influence and even more about her every move (relationships, best friends, vacations) in the public eye. It’s safe to say Taylor is fire-hot right now. If she is half the person who we see in the media, it is evidence that being a kind-hearted and bold person is worth it. It’s also evidence that a seemingly awkward 14-year-old has learned and grown a lot in the last 11 years to become who she is now. What else can we do but respect and applaud a woman for working hard, living her dream and having lots of fun while doing it?
Bravo, Taylor, for a magical and fun night in Chicago.