On Wednesday morning, Taylor Swift, the well-known songwriter, and singer completed her graduation with an honourary Doctorate of fine arts for being, “One of the most prolific and famous musicians of her time” and a “Trailblazing and influential advocate for artists’ rights“. The ceremony was held at the Yankees Stadium which brought back her happy memories of performing there as a singer, but this time it was more special for her as she walked in with the blue gown and cape as a student.
A little prior to her going to the ceremony, Swift shared a small video of her getting ready for the event. Her background music played “Love Story” while she wore her cape and the iconic red lipstick.
In the stadium, on receiving her doctorate, she parted a speech with plenty of good wisdom and relatable moments to lighten up her fellow batchmates. Taylor expressed her gratitude to her family and friends for being soo supportive of her journey and always believing in her.
She started her speech by saying, “The first of which is…life can be heavy, especially if you try to carry it all at once. Part of growing up and moving into new chapters of your life is about catch and release.”
“What I mean by that is, knowing what things to keep, and what things to release. You can’t carry all things, all grudges, all updates on your ex, all enviable promotions your school bully got at the hedge fund his uncle started.”
“Decide what is yours to hold and let the rest go. Oftentimes the good things in your life are lighter anyway, so there’s more room for them. One toxic relationship can outweigh so many wonderful, simple joys. You get to pick what your life has time and room for. Be discerning.”
In addition to that, she also mentioned, “Secondly, learn to live alongside cringe. No matter how hard you try to avoid being cringe, you will look back on your life and cringe retrospectively. The cringe is unavoidable over a lifetime. Even the term “cringe” might someday be deemed “cringe.”
“I promise you, you’re probably doing or wearing something right now that you will look back on later and find revolting and hilarious. You can’t avoid it, so don’t try to. For example, I had a phase where, for the entirety of 2012, I dressed like a 1950s housewife. But you know what? I was having fun. Trends and phases are fun. Looking back and laughing is fun.”
“And while we’re talking about things that make us squirm but really shouldn’t, I’d like to say that I’m a big advocate for not hiding your enthusiasm for things. It seems to me that there is a false stigma around eagerness in our culture of unbothered ambivalence.”
This speech was a mixture of her life’s happy, embarrassing, disappointing, and crazy moments. It was loved by everybody because it was easily relatable to the people in their 20s. After this celebratory news, there was a big commotion all over the social media with the hashtags “Doctor Taylor Swift”. The fans are thrilled for her and so is she for this big win!
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