Taylor Swift’s Advice to Her Teenage Self Might Surprise You

Today, December 13, 2019, is a big day for Taylor Swift. Not only is it the singer’s birthday, but it’s also the first day of a new decade for her. With everything that the artist has accomplished in the past several years including several Grammy Awards, record-breaking world tours, and seven highly-successful albums, it’s hard to believe that the artist just made 30 today.

Taylor Swift performs at the Jingle Ball ahead of her 30th birthday
Taylor Swift | Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images

But, Swift’s road to superstardom hasn’t always been easy. Her career has been riddled with slut-shaming, public feuds, and several accusations that she can’t possibly be the mind behind most of her songs. So just what advice would Swift give to herself to help her navigate her immense success and fame?

What Taylor Swift learned before her 30th birthday

Ahead of her 30th birthday, Swift have given a bunch of interviews highlighting the things she’s learned in her first 30 years of life. Most recently, she sat down with British Vogue to talk about everything she learned from her second decade of life. She confessed that she now felt more comfortable in her skin than ever before going into her 30s. “I equate my twenties to walking into a costume shop and trying on all these different costumes… then walking out in my regular outfit and being like, ‘I’m cool with who I am,'” Swift candidly shared.

How the Lover artist coped with criticism

But, it took a long time for Swift to get to this place of comfortability. She used to put a lot of stock into the things critics were saying about her. In fact, she often manipulated her life to combat the negative falsities that were written about her. When she was being slut-shamed for wanting to date around like a normal woman her age, Swift chose to take a hiatus from dating altogether for two years. When naysayers were saying that there was no way she was heavily contributing to her writer’s room sessions, Swift chose to write her entire third album, Speak Now, on her own.

Swift gets candid with Billboard

Of course, now that Swift has reached a new age in her life, she has healthier ways of dealing with intense criticism and backlash. The 30-year-old has learned to control the amount of negativity that she allows to reach her. Swift has comments turned off on her Instagram page, doesn’t have Twitter on her phone, and rarely reads news about herself. But, if she could go back and do it all again, knowing what she knows now, what advice would she give to her teenage self? In a recent interview with Billboard, which released shortly before her birthday, Swift shared the surprising advice.

Boyfriend, friends, and cats

“Oh, God — I wouldn’t give myself any advice. I would have done everything exactly the same way. Because even the really tough things I’ve gone through taught me things that I never would have learned any other way. I really appreciate my experience, the ups and downs. And maybe that seems ridiculously Zen, but… I’ve got my friends, who like me for the right reasons. I’ve got my family. I’ve got my boyfriend. I’ve got my fans. I’ve got my cats,” Swift confessed. That’s a pretty refreshing approach to her life, and one we can get behind. With so much to celebrate these days, we hope Swift enjoys her birthday.