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"We have a lot of different insecurities, different fears, different scars, different ghosts… We have…"

“We have a lot of different insecurities, different fears, different scars, different ghosts… We have a lot of different people here tonight but the one thing that I do know that we all have in common is the fact that when we feel great amounts of joy or great amounts of pain we turn to music and that’s why we’re here tonight. I’m very well aware that it has never been easier to compare yourself to other people and feel like your life falls short. It’s never been easier than it is in 2015. And every single day, you know I love the internet, we all love the internet, but every single day if you are having a bad day, you can go online scroll through the highlight reel of someone else’s life. All of their glossing and shining and cool looking memories are readily available for you to see. And that is the highlight reel of their life. But with you, when you wake up in the morning and you look in the mirror, all you’re seeing is behind the scenes. You’re seeing your fears. You’re seeing the things you regret. You’re seeing mistakes you’ve made. You’re seeing things that other people don’t see. So yeah, people are really mean, but we are so much more mean to ourselves, aren’t we? And I think that from talking to you as much as I do and from you being kind enough to share your lives with me in a really honest way, I know that every single person here tonight has their own set of struggles and things that are bothering them or things that are absolutely terrifying to them at this very moment. And so I guess what I am trying to say to you is if there is one thing that you remember from tonight, please let it be this. Every single time you have a bad day and you’re telling yourself you’re not cool enough or you’re not pretty enough or sexy enough or fun enough or whatever it is you think you are not enough of. Let me tell you those things are completely imaginary. They are not real. Let me tell you the things you actually are not. You are not the opinion of someone who doesn’t know you. You are not in any way damaged goods if you’ve made mistakes in your life. You are not going nowhere just because you haven’t figured out exactly where you want to go yet, just because you haven’t reached your final destination. Alright let me tell you the things you actually are. You are your own definition of beautiful and worth while and nobody else’s. You are smarter, wiser and stronger because you made mistakes. Not damaged. And most importantly, you are someone who is going through whatever problems and complications that life presents itself with right now, but instead of wallowing in those things, you decided to get up, and get dressed, and come hang out with me and have the best time ever at a concert on a Friday night, didn’t you? I personally do not think that if you walked through a bunch of rainstorms and life just keeps raining on you and you keep feeling like you keep going through these constant storms over and over again. If you keep going, I don’t think that that kind of thing makes you tarnished or damaged or anything that you’re afraid that makes you. I happen to think that going through a lot and continuing to go on with your life makes you clean.”

Taylor to the crowd in East Rutherford on night one (7/10/15) before performing Clean (via belleswift17)
Source: The Swiftie

"We have a lot of different insecurities, different fears, different scars, different ghosts… We have…"

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