Taylor Swift is turning 30 this year and in celebration of the landmark year, she wrote an essay for ELLE magazine titled 30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30. The article came out on March 6 and features the singer opening up about her deepest battles with herself to encourage girls like her and younger.
The award winning singer-songwriter is also featured as the April cover star for ELLE magazine. “According to my birth certificate, I turn 30 this year,” she begins. “It’s weird because part of me still feels 18 and part of me feels 283, but the actual age I currently am is 29”.
One of the 30 things she talked about also happens to be a prominent issue nowadays: Body acceptance – Number 4. “I learned to stop hating every ounce of fat on my body” the pop singer said. It’s very hard learning to love yourself and lots of people push the boundaries of dieting and it could be very dangerous.
She also admitted that trying and failing and trying again and failing again is normal. And it is for real. “It’s good to mess up and learn from it and take risks,” Taylor said. This is very important especially for young girls and boys that push themselves in the “adult world” for the first time, or in a new relationship, or even university. She encourages to do your research, discover and learn from it.
But never forget that apologies are important, especially when you hurt someone who really matters to you, it takes nothing away from you. Sincere apologies, not excuses, she said. It’s important learn how to make it. It worth it for your friendship and your relationship.
She shares on number 30 that she’s learned how forgive herself. “My mom always tells me that when I was a little kid, she never had to punish me for misbehaving because I would punish myself even worse. I’d lock myself in my room and couldn’t forgive myself, as a five-year-old”. She realized that she still does this sometimes, but she’s trying to learn how to forgive herself. “Step into the daylight and let it go”.
Thanks Taylor for being so inspiring.
Be sure to read the full ELLE magazine article if you want to know all 30 things Taylor learned before turning 30.