I’m not gonna lie – I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. Her sound, her lyrics, even her public image–I find very little that is questionable in what she puts forth. And, more simply, I really enjoy her music.
I especially enjoy her song Fifteen. What’s more, I believe that the lyrics offer some wisdom and encouragement for teenage girls. In the song, she sings about being a freshman in high school and all that life seems to offer, especially in the area of dating. But her perspective is one of slight regret. Instead of looking back on her teenage years as the greatest time of her life, she instead looks back and wishes she could change things. Check out these lyrics:
“But in your life you’ll do things greater than / Dating a boy on the football team / But I didn’t know it at fifteen / When all you wanted was to be wanted / Wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now” (Taylor Swift, Fifteen).
I believe her words are very applicable to the life of a teenage girl. Girls, you have the potential to do and be so much more in life than you are right now. Dating, friends, social outings–all that stuff seems very important to you at this moment. But let me encourage you along with Taylor Swift that there is so much more to life. Dating a football star or being part of the popular crowd or even partying on weekends in order to be accepted all seem to be hugely important to you right now. But in a few years, these things will seem so small compared to the rest of your life.
In the song, Taylor gives an example of a girl named Abigail who gave “everything she had to a boy who changed his mind.” Abigail thought that what she had right at that moment was so good, she could invest her all in it. That resulted in devastation and pain when she lost that guy. Think of the time this girl wasted investing her life into this guy who decided he didn’t want her. You know this happens all the time. What are you investing your life in right now that could potentially be a great waste of time or a great source of hurt in the future?
Your teenage years are indeed full of possibility. But so is the rest of your life. Everything you do today affects your tomorrow. Don’t forget that life is so much more than being fifteen or sixteen or seventeen or even eighteen. The things that are so critically important to you today probably won’t be in a couple years. Realize that there is more to life than high school, and live in such a way that you won’t have a song of regret to sing in your twenties.
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”