By Nick Russo

I’ll go ahead and say it for all the rude Taylor Swift haters:

Who Cares?

I can’t stand her.

She’s not even country.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me first tell you that I met Taylor Swift 2 years ago. I got to talk to her mom for about 10 minutes and I couldn’t tell you who was nicer between the two of them. Taylor took significant time with EACH and EVERY person in the meet & greet area. Her most excited fans, especially the youngest, got extra attention but when she came around to you, regardless of your “fandom” she made sure you knew that you had her attention.

On top of that, she sent me (and everyone else in the meet & greet that day) a handwritten letter on a greeting card thanking me for being at the meet & greet and even added tiny details to show she was truly paying attention!

With that said, yesterday, a girl was being bullied on her Instagram account and Taylor Swift posted this amazing and inspiring response to her:

“Hannahhhh…Reading this made me so sad because I love seeing you in your videos and photos being so happy and wide eyed, like the world isn’t as harsh and unfair as it actually is. I hate thinking about your pretty face covered in tears, but I’ve been in your place. This isn’t a high school thing or an age thing. It’s a people thing. A life thing. It doesn’t stop. It doesn’t end or change.People cut other people down for entertainment because, amusement, out of jealousy, because of something broken inside them, or for no reason at all. It’s just what they do, and you’re a target because you live your life loudly and boldly. You’re bright and joyful and so many people are cynical. They won’t understand you and they won’t understand me. But the only way they win is if your turn your tears to stone and make you bitter like them. It’s okay to ask why. It’s okay to wonder how you could try so hard and still get stomped all over. Just don’t let them change you or stop you from singing or dancing around to your favorite song. You’re going into high school this week and this is your chance to hit the reset button on how much value you give the opinions of these kids, most of whom have NO idea who they are. I’m so proud of you and protective of you because you DO. If they don’t like you for being yourself, be yourself even more. Every time someone picks on me, I’ll think of you in hopes that every time someone picks on you, you’ll think of mee…and how we have this thread that connects us. Let them keep living in the darkness and we’ll keep waking up in the sunlight. Forever on your side, Taylor.”


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