I have been through a literal storm recently, and the weather has been fantastically calm since. Things aren’t so calm for many Floridians as they continue to assess the damage and devastation and rebuild their lives. My heart continues to go out to them.
Even when there isn’t an actual storm outside, life can feel rather stormy. I’ve always been a rather tense, stressed out person. Yes, even when I was in grade school. I’m very observant and in tune to my surroundings and emotions, and that sometimes makes it difficult to cope with life.
My mom will be more than happy to tell you she started telling me “you need to calm down” looooooong before Taylor Swift entered the Lover era and created such an iconic song. She took those words in a different direction than my mom, but the song still inspires me when I need to hear those words on repeat.
In fact so many songs on Lover (and Reputation) inspire me and were pivotal at big moments in my life. When Cruel Summer comes up on my playlist, I am often transported back to my 2019 trip to Florida and house hunting. I felt the excitement and nervousness of the potential of my life about to change and that song would blast in my earbuds and make the moment both real and cinematically surreal.
I wore my butterfly shoes as a nod to the era a few weeks ago and now I leaned all the way in with sequins, sparkles, sunglasses, heart earrings, and a butterfly hairpin. I did feel pretty calm in this festive outfit, so maybe I need to wear it again too.