Somehow That Was Everything

BY CHELSEA RICCHIO

Pretty much everyone in the entire world knows how much I love Taylor Swift, but this post has nothing to do with my love of her as a person or her music. Rather, it’s about the message of her new music video for “Out of the Woods”.

The video closes with the words, “She lost him but she found herself and somehow that was everything.” That is the ‘secret message’ hidden within the lyrics of the song “Clean” in the liner notes of 1989, which is widely beloved by fans and also chosen to close the 1989 World Tour (both the actual show and movie).

The fact that this came out on New Year’s means a lot to me personally because that’s what I want 2016 to be: the year that I figure out exactly who I am not in relation to anyone or anything else, whether that be a partner, friends, or a job. I began that journey in 2013, but this feels like it could be it.

The holidays (today especially) have been rough for me but this made me feel better. I hope maybe it will make you feel better too.

Remember that you are not the opinion of anyone else (no matter how well they know you, or how much they care about you), and it is possible to make the best of even the worst situations. YOU are everything.

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