It seems Taylor Swift isn’t just a worldwide pop phenomenon – she’s a bit of a life guru, too.
The Shake It Off hitmaker stormed the 3 Arena for two powerhouse gigs this week, and now a video has emerged of some inspiring advice that she gave to her young Irish fans.
The powerful message from the singer, who was spotted on a date with DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris during her time in Dublin, was recorded by a concert-goer and uploaded to YouTube – and has since been viewed hundreds of times.
Taylor took some time out for her performance to chat to her teen followers, reminding them of how “special” they all are.
“Every single time I go online and talk to you and hear the things that you are going through, it occurs to me how incredibly difficult it has become to be happy with your life in 2015.
“One thing that happens to every single one of us is that we go online and have the ability to scroll through everyone else’s life highlights.”
The I Knew You Were Trouble singer continued: “And trust me, I love going online, I think it’s amazing but there’s also this darker side to it, where we go online and compare our lives to other people’s lives.
“And the mistake we’re making is that when we scroll through the pictures that other people post online of their lives, you’re seeing the highlight reel of the most excellent, shiny, fabulous moments of their lives.
“But when you look in the mirror at yourself, you’re seeing behind all the scenes, all the stuff that no-one else sees and you’re hearing your own securities, and you’re hearing the voices inside your head telling you that you might not be good enough. Or that you might not be cool as other people or what if you’re not having as much fun as those other people.
“Or what if you’re not special? It’s just endless.”
The popstar didn’t end there, saying: “I think people are really mean and I’ve learned that and you’ve learnt that but I think it’s time to realise that sometimes we are so much, so much more mean to ourselves than other people could ever be.”
“Here’s what you are actually not: you’re not somebody else’s opinion of you. You are not damaged goods if you made mistakes. And you are not going no-where just because you haven’t gotten to where you want to go yet.”
We know her message was mainly directed at teenagers – but Taylor’s speech has even inspired VIP Towers – cheers, T-Swizzle!