I watched Miss Americana, Taylor Swift’s new documentary on Netflix.
here’s my takeaway: I realized that having a voice is sacred. using your voice is a choice and with it, you need to realize the words you speak and w
rite have impact. like Taylor, I used to, and still do, write about my life in journals and diaries. it’s therapy for me and it’s allowed me to confront demons and itches and very real emotions head on, while being transparent about it all – because through reflection, I have realized we have all experienced what it feels like to be holding our breath under water. we all just want someone who can understand these incredibly deep emotions, even when it’s hard to connect or impossible to be vulnerable.
watching this documentary has really set my perspective straight; use. your. voice. whether it’s for politics, advice, opinions, poetry, or anything else, you need to express yourself. there was a part in the documentary where Taylor really wanted to vocalize her political standpoint, which is something she hadn’t done in her whole career. Taylor’s team, made up of mostly men and her father, encouraged her to stay silent. can you believe that? even a woman with so much power and knowledge and articulation was trying to be silenced. this part really spoke to me because I feel like there are so many women out there who are being discouraged from voicing how they feel or holding back from standing up for what’s right.
we should all feel empowered to be authentically ourselves and be loud about it.
Taylor’s music has gotten me through heartbreak, happiness, and other huge moments. it reminds me of what’s real. it helps me feel less alone because someone out there, gets it. so here i am, using my voice to tell you to watch the documentary, even if you don’t like Taylor. you will learn a lot about what it’s like to be human, you will see the benefits and downsides of being completely transparent, the trials of being a woman, and what it’s like to have a voice so loud, even in a world full of clatter and noise.