It’s Red Season: Taylor Swift is a Badass.

That Girl Named Carol
3 min readNov 16, 2021
I snagged this photo from the internet but … CREDIT: COURTESY OF STARBUCKS; SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES

How can you not jump up and scream:


When you see such an icon doing something so seemingly simple yet, amazing you can’t help but let that motivate you. (at least I can’t — I will take motivation where I can these days)

Okay, I will admit it. I was not a HUGE Taylor Swift fan in the early 2000s.

I was busy listening to dirty base, busting a move on the dance floor of some seedy underground club all hyped up on fun pills.

But years have past and so have my past times and my music taste.

It wasn’t that I didn’t really know about Ms. Swift but just wasn’t my thing. I felt old and slightly disconnected for the lyrics.

I will also admit I was just to damn cool to listen to anything top 40 on the radio. I realize now how much I was missing out.

I have been hearing rumblings of the rerelease of Red for some time but I will be honest — I didn’t get it.

But, I do now.

The long and the short of it is that Taylor didn’t own her music. Pretty common in the music industry but it doesn’t make it right. Apparently the rights to her music had been sold in some shady deal to some shady people without her approval and without her being asked if she wanted to buy the rights (when she had the money to do so).

Taylors response was to fight back and rerelease her old albums with complete control. She owns the tracks. The music is hers.

(Taylor’s Version)

There is nothing more badass than this.

In a world that is so fucked up for so many reasons, watching someone powerful and famous take back her life in this manner is inspiring.

I don’t know if this is something that is happening to me in older life. But seeing people making it to the other side, with grace and greatness is so inspiring.

That Girl Named Carol

Retired barista and globe trottin’ English teacher turned (furloughed) flight attendant who is currently tryna live the dream she created on her vision board.