I Met Taylor Swift And It Meant So Much To Me

I Met Taylor Swift And It Meant So Much To Me

Did you think I would ever let this one go? Well if you thought I would, you were wrong. Very wrong.

Did you think I'd ever let this one go? Well, if you thought I would, you were wrong. Very wrong.

Flashback to September 11, 2015, when I met one of the most influential people in my life. No, it wasn't my mom...that was when I was born 18 years ago, and she still sits pretty at number one; But if you're guessing who ranks in at number two, I'm sure, if you know me well enough, that you can take a pretty wild guess.

Although I remember the night almost perfectly and wish I could share it with the world, my better judgment tells me to save the details and cut to the chase.

On September 11, 2015, by some God forsaken miracle, I met Taylor Swift (!!!) with one of my very best friends, Elijah. Though Elijah and I aren't as close as we used to be anymore, I will forever cherish that memory I shared with him for the rest of my life.

A year and some months later, still shocked that it happened, I reflect on that period of time in my life and, refraining my excitement, I'd like to share with you all as to why it was so special to me and why it always will be.

So, if you could care less about Taylor Swift, or my experience meeting her, then that's perfectly okay and you can exit right out of this tab immediately, but if some ounce of you likes to read stories of joy and content, then feel free to continue on.

In the midst of 2009 during my crazed Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana days (don't tell me you all don't remember this because, of course, you do. I had the HM backpack and the jean skirt with the HM matching shirt...you remember), my computer savvy self got to work on finding the latest Miley Cyrus performance. Yes, I was that girl who spent hours on end searching for new music or performances with the small hope that there'd be one. I didn't pay attention to the media much, but if I had known back then what I know now, I could've saved myself a lot of time and effort. Anyway, after searching around a few different times, I stumbled across Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift's performance of "Fifteen" at the Grammy's. So basically, after God put that in my hands, my Miley days were over and the Taylor days were in.

Sure, I knew about Taylor before and I listened to her songs before. But, I think it was just the fact that I loved Miley Cyrus so much, and she performed the duet with my own name in the song that it got to me.

Come 2015, it was time for Taylor to sing her B-Stage song during the 1989 World Tour, which was a surprise every night because she chose it on spot by herself, and she chose "Fifteen." It hadn't been the first time I heard the song live, and it also wasn't the fact that I was hearing it live in that very moment from the front row, but something was different. About halfway through the song I felt an arm wrap around my shoulder and I turned around and it had been Taylor's mom. She asked me and Elijah if we wanted to meet Taylor after the show. And the rest went on from there.

Why that moment was so special to me is for many reasons. A song that I had accidentally stumbled across during my Miley years and led me into the world of Taylor Swift, will now forever be the song that I not only stumbled across, but the song that somehow, out of 20,000 people just enjoying the night, Elijah and I got the opportunity of a lifetime. I think it's pretty cool, and I always will. It probably sounds extremely cliche, and many of you would probably say "Oh, well that's just a coincidence." And sure, it might be. But to me, it's something more.

Not only is it special to me for that, but also because it will forever be my favorite Taylor song. "Fifteen" was always a song that I could relate to, and it always will be.

Thinking back to the short time we spent with Taylor, it will always hold a special place in my heart because she's always been a major influence on me. She not only carries herself well and accordingly, but she's made it easy for people to get through different things and know that it's always okay to be you and be true to who you are.

Of course, it's so cliche of me to say she's one of my role models, but as a matter of fact, she is. That's also why meeting her was so special to me. Whether it's her hundreds of love songs, her ability to make the best out of each situation, or her love for other people, I've always looked up to her and I always will...even if I don't know her and she doesn't know me. Meeting her was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will forever cherish.

I cut it pretty short, but that's the whole gist of it. I've learned to cherish moments more preciously now from that point forward and have learned to live life to it's fullest because you never know when the chance of a lifetime may come about.

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"

I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

But then, we saw her come face-to-face with a killer and thought maybe she had potential.

We then saw her surprise everyone when she proved to be the next trauma surgeon in the making and we were intrigued.

Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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Quotes That Will Remind You What Life Is Really About

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”

Sometimes you just need a reminder that everything happens for a reason, and the struggles you are going through now are only temporary. We are all human and we all belong. We aren't perfect, we make mistakes, but that's all a part of being alive. Here are some quotes in case you forget:

1. In case you forget that we are in a nation founded by immigrants

“Maybe you weren’t born here, but you found this empty shell and you made it your home”

-Avatar Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

“I am human, so nothing human is foreign to me”

- Terence

2. Failure only brings you closer to perfection

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all in which case, you fail by default.”

-J.K. Rowling

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.”

-Stephen McCranie

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same."

-Colin R. Davis

3. For all the writers out there, keep writing

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

-Ernest Hemingway

“We see with the eyes, but we see with the brain as well, and seeing with the brain is often called imagination.”

-Oliver Sacks

4. The future isn’t everything. Don’t forget to enjoy today

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

-J.K Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

5. Remember… don’t be petty

“There are many who pretend to despise and belittle, that which is beyond their reach.”


6. Our faults are what make us unique

“We are more than the parts that form us.”

-Patrick Rothfuss

"You can be wild and still be very wise."

-Yoko Ono

7. Keep an open mind

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

-Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird)

8. Remember to be kind

"Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic."

-Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

-Dalai Lama

9. Be the change you want to see in the world

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”

-Maya Angelou

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch without doing anything.”

-Albert Einstein

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