This past week has been... a doozy. A week ago to the day, I took the afternoon off to see A Star is Born with my mom and the very next day I packed up the car with my best friend and drove to Dallas for a Taylor Swift concert. Need I mention, this was all amidst an incredibly difficult Supreme Court confirmation? Twas, y'all.
It was a 48-hour whirlwind of women rocking at what they do. And it reminded me of a coupla things.
Despite how badly I'd like to, I won't be going down a How-Much-I-Love-Gaga rabbit hole. Been there, done that, wrote the Facebook post. What I will talk about is her incredible performance as Ally and the impression it left on me.
Without giving away any spoilers, the final scene of this movie is a pretty tragic example of female strength. Gaga (Ally) is singing through tears, pain, and all while sounding... incredible. Man. Isn't that just exactly what is expected (and what we deliver, dammit) as women? No matter what, we show up and work through the tough stuff. I'm pretty sure I walked away dehydrated from how much I cried watching that film. I know. Get it together, Cate.
Y'ALL. Taylor Swift is not messing around. Girl can put on a show. And the cherry on top of the weekend was that she finally (FINALLY!) spoke up to encourage her fans to get out and vote during the midterms. Praaaaaise!
Love her or hate her, the girl absolutely does not care. She is doing her. From top to bottom, her show energy was on fire. She danced hard, she sang loud, and the thing that resonated most with me: she was incredibly thankful. After her FIRST song, she began thanking her band, her dancers, her team. She kept going. She thanked the Stadium staff. Security. The parking attendants outside. She is kabillionaire, but is still humble enough to thank the people that make it possible for her to live her dream. Good job, girl.
All of it was spent with three of my favorite, most important women: my mom, and my two best friends. And if I’ve learned anything, it’s how strong as hell females are. We get up, show up, and speak up. We sing louder, dance faster, and fight harder. When I am tired and defeated it is women like these that remind me to keep going.
So keep going, girl. You got this.
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