Woman Crush Month is a month-long series by the girls of She Did What She Wanted
in celebration of Women’s History Month.
By Paige Benjamin
How do I begin to explain how I feel about Taylor Swift?
She’s the badass girl who always stands up for herself, who isn’t afraid to put anyone in their place (whether it be Kanye West or the mean girl in high school), who has inspired myself and countless other young girls.
Ever since I was 11, Taylor Swift’s songs have been the soundtrack to my life. Not to sound too cliché, but her music has always been the most important to me when I was falling in and out of relationships through high school, and even now as a sophomore in college. When I was in my last year of high school, I had my first “real” heartbreak. The relationship went from having “State of Grace” vibes to “Should’ve Said No” vibes, and it felt like my entire world was crumbling. Obviously songs like “All Too Well” and “You’re Not Sorry” hit a little too close to home, but I can’t even begin to describe how much meaning “Fifteen” suddenly had to me.
I’ve been to 15 Taylor Swift concerts so I’ve heard “Fifteen” pretty close to fifteen times, but it never made me emotional until after I had gone through the heartbreak. I was standing front row at her concert in Austin, Texas, with some of my best friends as I heard her sing “In your life you’ll do things greater than dating the boy on the football team/I didn’t know it at fifteen/When all you wanted was to be wanted/wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now/Back then I swore I was going to marry him someday/but I realized some bigger dreams of mine.”
I had tears streaming down my face.
That’s the thing about Taylor’s music. No matter how old the song is, or how many times you’ve heard it, life is always going throw curve balls at you and a simple lyric could one day be everything you’re feeling that you couldn’t figure out how to put into words.
“I’ve found time can heal most anything, and you just might find who you’re supposed to be”.
She Did What She Wanted firmly believes there’s nothing better than women empowering other women, so when we found out March is Women’s History Month, we knew we needed to do something special. There are too many amazing women to fit into just thirty one days, but to do our best, we invited our contributors to write about the favorite women in their lives, and Woman Crush Month came to be. #WCM is the ultimate girl power party, and it’s all about women celebrating women and their achievements, and we personally can’t think of anything better than that.