I recently watched the Stroke of Insight TEDTalk in my systems neuro class and am completely amazed at what Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor describes experiencing. Imagine what a superpower “turning off your left brain” and entering a state of just being would be? I highly encourage you all to watch the TEDTalk or read her book, especially any of you interested in neuro as a major/field!
Hey guys! I was invited to Loft 89 in Greensboro, NC on October 21st, 2015!!!The I’ve been asked by a lot of people if I’d post my loft 89 story, so here you go:)
I went with my friend Sydney and her sister Olivia to the show and we all loved Clean, so we wanted our costumes to be based off of that song. We went with the line “the butterflies turned to dust” and dressed up like butterflies. We make wings out of cardboard, painted them, and wrapped them in lights. We wore bright neon pink shirts and silver metallic mini skirts with clean lyrics as well. The day of the concert, I left school early and got ready at Sydney’s. We got to the coliseum around 4:30. Once we got there we waited in line to get in for a while then after about an hour we got in the arena. We immediately bolted to the Taylor Nation booth, and even though we were some of the first people there, we still had to wait over an hour in line. When we got up to take our picture, I asked Allison from TN if she could give my letter to Taylor and she said yes:) Then we took our picture and I saw Allison look at us and then she started texting someone on her phone and then she looked back at us and smiled… I’m still not sure if this has anything to do with us getting into loft but you never know;) After that we went straight to our seats (Section 125, row 3) and started cracking our glowsticks (we bought around 70 at the dollar store) and Vance started soon after. He was amazing! I’ve been a fan of his music for a while now so it was pretty cool to hear him sing live. Then after Vance, Taylor came on! I honestly think I started crying BEFORE Taylor even came on stage lol! We literally danced the entire night away, and sang at the top of our lungs. We had no cares in the world, the only thing that mattered in that moment was Taylor. It was about half way through the show, during Bad Blood, when Sydney felt someone tap on her shoulder and as soon as I turned around and saw Andrea (and Erica behind her) I immediately started sobbing. Before she said a word, I ran to her and hugged her and cried into her shoulder. She was like “Hey guys!!!” And we screamed and Sydney asked if she remembered us from past concerts and she’s said she didn’t! I was like “we’ve been to every show in Greensboro since Fearless! And we met you last year!” And she goes “Really?! And you’ve never been to the T-Party?!” And we go “NO!!!” And she says “Or Club Red?!” And we’re like “NO!!!!” And Andrea says “WELL HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO LOFT 89?!” And me and Sydney lost it!!! Erica passed me the Loft pass and Andrea put bands on me, Sydney, and Olivia (none of the moms in Loft had bands). The rest of the show was INCREDIBLE, but knowing we were gonna meet Taylor mad it EVEN BETTER! After that, the show went by super quick, and before we knew it, the show was over. After the show, we all had to meet in section 114. Everyone there was super nice! Literally everyone was talking like we were all old friends! Then Erica and Allison came and passed around iPads (for us to give them our personal information) and went over the basic rules for Loft. That was about 20 minutes, and then it was time to go backstage! We walked back and we went into this room and there was this room set up and I immediately knew it was Loft! We were all in tears at that point, it was all so magical. The inside of Loft is different than I thought it would look, it was a lot smaller. It was so cute! There was a photo booth we took pictures in, couches, pizza, cookies, drinks, and a TV. Also, the music was amazingggg in there. The rule was we were allowed to take as many pictures as we want until Taylor got in, no videos, and once Taylor got in, we got one picture per group with her. We spend about 20 minutes talking with other groups, taking pics, and (for some people) eating. (I was WAYYYY to excited to eat)! Then Andrea walked in and talked to our group first. She was so sweet! She has this motherly love, and she treats everyone so kindly. We talked about the show, Taylor, and about past shows and then took a picture with her. Before she left, I asked her if it’s crazy seeing tens out thousands of people who all adore your daughter and want to meet her more that anything in the world. She said “The way I see it, Taylor wants to meet all of YOU GUYS more than anything else in the world. That’s why we do this all, that’s the whole reason behind this, is because she loves you guys so much”. I thought that was THE SWEETEST THING. Then as Andrea walked around we talked to Erica about working for Taylor Nation. I was extremelyyyy jealous of her job (who isn’t?!) and I asked her how she got it. She said she worked for a local arena in her early 20s and Taylor performed there often. They became pretty close, and as soon as they needed someone to help with Club Red, she took the job right away. She said it’s absolutely exhausting having her job, but it’s all worth it. Erica also said its gonna be sad when the tour ends because the crew had all been a family for the past 6 months (we were all like awwwww). She told us some of the staff had been there since fearless! Then she got a call saying Taylor’s coming!!! She told us all to put our phones away and get in our groups then one minute later… MY SUNSHINE AKA TAYLOR ALISON SWIFT WALKED IN THE ROOM!!!! SHE WAS WEARING THIS DRESS THAT WAS GORGEOUS AND FIT HER PERFECTLY AND SHE WORE THESE BLACK FLATS AND SHE LOOKED LIKE A LITTLE BARBIE DOLL SHE WAS SO PERFECT AND ADORABLE! SHE SMELLED LIKE THE WOODS IN A GREAT WAY AND SHE WAS SO SOFT AND OMG SHE WAS JUST SO PERFECT:) She was like “HI YOU GUYS!!!” And we all started freaking out! She made her way to the first group and NOBODY could take their eyes off of Taylor! She literally was the most beautiful person you’ll ever see. It was really neat to hear some of the conversations with Taylor and how much interest she took in her fans. She made her way through the groups and eventually she got to us!!! She was like “HEY GUYSSS HOW ARE YOU?!” and hugged each of us. She looked at us and said “Look at you guys, you look so cute!” and she looked at me and goes “You’re so tall and beautiful!!!”. I, of course, was absolutely DEAD at that point! Then we talked about how we’ve been to all her shows in Greensboro and she goes “Oh my God you guys must’ve been so little!” and she turns to Sydney’s mom and says “Thank you so much for bringing them to all my shows, it means so much to me”. Then we talked about how we were going to have Olive Garden but the wait was too long and then we had a whole conversation about Olive Garden;) Taylor’s like “The wait’s always so long! It’s crazy!”. Then she goes, “So you guys haven’t eaten in like 100 hours!!!!! You should go have some food, it’s really good! If you’re too nervous now though, you should get some later!”, so of course, after she left, we got food;) I mean if Taylor Swift tells you to get food, you get food!!!! Then we started talking about her cut on her finger. She was like “It hurts SOOOO bad! I should’ve gotten stitches but I had a show the next night and I didn’t want it to hurt more!”. Then she told us how she got the cut. She was trying to open olive oil with a new knife (BAD IDEA TAYLOR BE CAREFUL WITH KNIVES) and it cut her finger in a really deep like crescent shape (OWWWWW!). Then I asked her if I could give her my Tumblr and she said sure! Then (brace yourself for more adorableness) she pulls out her sharpie, I told her my URL, and she wrote it down on her bandaid! When I told her I was dibblesthepegacorn she giggled in the cutest little way! Then she asked if we wanted her to sign anything and I had her sign my Loft pass, and Sydney, Olivia, and their mom got their tickets signed. When Olivia told Taylor her name she goes “I HAVE A CAT NAMED OLIVIA! THATS SO COOL!” then we talked about the cats for a bit! Then she goes “Let’s take a picture!!!!”. Even though there’s only one picture allowed per group, Taylor suggested we get 2, on with just us girls and one with us and their mom. I Immediately ran to Taylor’s right because I knew she’d lay her head on mine! We took 2 pictures and were all kinda hugging in both. Then as she was about to leave I told her about the letter I wrote for her and I asked her if TN would give it to her and she said “Absolutely. They’re really great about that stuff”. Then she hugged me goodbye again and I told her I love her she said she loves me too (ANAJJSBSJSHOSUXBEB)!!!! Then she was like “BYE GUYS!!!” and everyone yelled bye and then she like pranced out of the room in the most adorable way!!! After that we had like 2 minutes to get our stuff and head out. It was the most magical, insane night and I’ll never, EVER, forget it. Taylor, thank you so much for everything you do for your fans. It was a life changing experience and I’ll never be able to repay you for that♡ Thank you so much for everything Taylor!
As I held my hands up in front of my face and wiggled my fingers, I was simultaneously perplexed and intrigued. Wow, what a strange and amazing thing I am. What a bizarre living being I am. Life! I am life! I am a sea of water bound inside this membranous pouch. Here, in this form, I am a conscious mind and this body is the vehicle through which I am ALIVE! I am trillions of cells sharing a commom mind. I am here, now, thriving as life.