Taylor Swift heading back to her apartment in New York City, New York on March 28
You know when you’re really young. Like really young, and you’re playing on the playground and when other kids are mean to you, the advice most teachers give you is “always be yourself.” and that’s kind of hard to understand, even now. I think most people think their identity is what they wear or who they sit with at lunch and things like that. But I think, what makes you, you is how you treat people. So just, be nice to people.
There is a tendency to want to get thick-skinned. There is a tendency to block out negative things, because they really hurt. But if I stop feeling pain, then I’m afraid I’ll stop feeling immense excitement and epic celebration and happiness. I can’t stop feeling those things, so I feel everything. And that keeps me who I am.
You go through so many different phases in life. I think, you know, life is this constant series of epiphany after epiphany of ‘oh I know this now, I didn’t know that then’ and you’re a different person today than you were yesterday. But I just think that as far as where I wanted to be 5 years ago, this is it. I wouldn’t change a thing.
I’ve never gotten thick skin. If you close yourself off and you get this protective armor, there is a price you pay with that - of not feeling. And feeling is important when you are a songwriter.