On one end you have happiness.

Taylor Swift on the spectrum of emotion. (The Commonplace Book Project)

Taylor Swift (Copyright: Mert & Marcus)

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“Red is such an interesting color to correlate with emotion, because it’s on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, all that. On the other end, you’ve got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.”
 — Taylor Swift, New York Daily News

I wanted to write something about jealousy today. I have a friend going through some stuff and it’s ugly and mean. It gave me feelings.

And then I came across this Jessica Wildfire post and it spoke directly to what exactly I was feeling. (It’s one of the best things I’ve read in a while.)

When I went searching for a quote, this one from Taylor Swift popped up and I thought…well, alright. It works. Because emotion is a spectrum and the good stuff and the bad stuff are all connected.

It is so easy for being happy for a friend’s success to morph into hating them.

People are weird. It’s part of the human condition that there is very little as compelling as watching someone get knocked down a peg.

And Taylor Swift did write the theme song for dealing with haters, right?

Right.

Okay. 1989 is still my favorite of her albums.

Here are some of Taylor Swift’s thoughts on turning 30 this year.

And here’s the song that she was thinking about in the quote at the top of this post.

I found this interview of Taylor Swift’s first manager interesting.

So why don’t they have Taylor’s success? Why? Because they don’t have Taylor Swift’s work ethic. You cannot teach that. Everybody thought, “Oh, shit. We’ll just show up to Nashville with our daughter dressed in a sundress and cowboy boots. That’s the secret!” That wasn’t the secret. The secret is Taylor cared so much about her fans and she used her music as a way to do research, then sold that music to her friends. Most other artists record an album, try to sell it to strangers, then wonder why it doesn’t sell. That’s because people forgot how to build relationships. Not Taylor!

And here’s a post about Swift as a writer.


Today’s Poem:

The Trick to Holding On
by Taylor Swift

Let go of the ones who hurt you 
Let go of the ones you outgrow
Let go of the words they hurl your way 
as you’re walking out the door 
The only thing cut and dry 
In this hedge-maze life 
Is the fact that their words will cut 
but your tears will dry

They don’t tell you this when you are young
You can’t hold on to everything 
Can’t show up for everyone 
You pick your poison 
Or your cure 
Phone numbers you know by heart 
And the ones you don’t answer any more

Hold on to the faint recognition in 
the eye of a stranger 
As it catches you in its lustrous net 
How quickly we become intertwined 
How wonderful it is to forget 
All the times your intuition failed you 
But it hasn’t killed you yet
Hold on to childlike whims and moonlight 
swims and your blazing self-respect

And if you drive the roads of this town
Ones you’ve gone down so many times before 
Flashback to all the times
Life nearly ran you off the road 
But tonight your hand is steady 
Suddenly you’ll know 
The trick to holding on
Was all that letting go


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Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She is an out-of-place Nevadan living in Northwestern PA with her husband, three superstar kids, two dementia patients, a good friend, Alfred the cat, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes and is the author of Viral Nation and Rebel Nation and the upcoming novel The Astonishing Maybe. She is the original Ninja Writer.