I am a rational woman who is pragmatic and level-headed. I have a mortgage, two teenagers, and two dogs, and I consider myself to be emotionally balanced. However, last weekend, I, like many others, found myself glued to my screen as Taylor Swift changed the lyrics to “Karma” and ran straight into Travis Kelce’s arms after her show in Argentina.
I was not just glued to my screen, I was addicted. I lost hours of time on TikTok, re-watched the “Karma” video and the kiss video more times than I care to admit. My teen daughter, who was mad at me earlier, broke our stand-off by texting me a series of frantic TikToks, and we spent the night communicating through TikToks, as we were both flying high on Swelce love.
Like many women, I was critical of Taylor Swift in the past, but have come to admire her as a role model for young women. Viewing her emotional struggles made her seem more relatable and authentic, a quality that I value and one that my daughter looks up to.
Despite all her achievements, Taylor has endured relationships with unworthy men and has played their breakup songs on repeat. Her experiences resonated with me on a personal level, echoing the dynamics of my own past relationships.
Taylor’s recent relationship with Travis Kelce has shifted the narrative. He has demonstrated what it looks like to show up for her, and is a solid example of a supportive partner.
I believe that Taylor has leveraged her past experiences to find a partner who makes her light shine even brighter. It’s a lesson she can impart on future generations of women, regardless of their age.
I’ve taken my daughter to Taylor’s shows since she was a teenager, and have admired the lessons that her journey has to offer. Taylor is showing that it’s possible to overcome adversity and find a partner who truly supports and uplifts you. This is crucial for my daughter to see, and it’s something that many women can relate to.