Taylor Swift has re-released Red. I’ve been listening to it this morning and flashing back to when she last released this album. 2012.
2012 was a pivotal year for me – In the fall, when Red came out, I was in Chicago for the first time interning at Obama’s election headquarters. I remember listening to Red in my apartment, listening to it on my plane ride home, and listening to it in the dark in my room at my parents’ home.
While I had been interning in Chicago, my family moved to Southern California from my childhood home in Utah. The house was much smaller, I went from my own space to sleeping on the bottom bunk of a room with my 11-year-old sister.
I was also in the process of realizing I didn’t want to be Mormon anymore. I was trying to figure out what to do next with my life, realizing I was nearly done with school but dreading going back to Utah.
It was a dark time and Red’s dark, heartbroken vibe was exactly what I needed then. And maybe it’s what I need now too.