Taylor Swift? Winner of seven Grammys, 19 American Music Awards, 22 Billboard Music Awards, 10 People's Choice Awards, and literally about a hundred others? Yeah, I've heard of her maybe a few times. Turns out, apart from being an incredibly successful singer/songwriter, she also can play the role of a sort of therapist, especially during the times you need her the most. Don't just take my word for it, though. Here are some some wise words from her prologue to "Clean" on the 1989 World Tour:
Remember, you are your biggest supporter, and you're also your biggest enemy. You are what you yourself you are, and no one else has the ability to bring you down or build you up like you do.
Tell yourself you're fine just the way you are. Tell yourself you can make it through today. Tell yourself how proud you are of the accomplishments you've made, whether it was getting an A on your math test or just getting out of bed that morning.
People can talk as much as they want, but if they don't take the time to know you as a person, then they don't have the right to make you think differently of yourself.
Your mistakes help you grow. Your mistakes help you learn. You are not a product of your mistakes, but rather a product of the lessons they taught you.
If you haven't reached where you plan to stop yet, remember that there are so many adventures you have yet to go on and so many mountains left to climb. Just because you haven't seen the view at the top yet doesn't mean there is never going to be one.
Take risks and make mistakes. It's important to learn from life. Try to spend time making more mistakes than you do regretting things you never tried.
And as she sings "Clean," it just verifies the real struggle of getting through something that you never thought was possible, and that you can do it, no matter how big or difficult the problem is or was, because you're stronger than any problem that can try to break you. Never forget your value and self worth.
"You are the person who survived a bunch of rainstorms and kept walking. I now believe that pain makes you stronger. And I now believe that walking through a bunch of rainstorms gets you clean." - Taylor Swift