***Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for American Express. I received concert tickets and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.***
My 5 year old daughter is obsessed with music, and she really looks up to Taylor Swift. Isn't Sophie cute with her Cinderella dress and acoustic guitar? She got to wear the dress to the show, but was sad that I made her leave the guitar at home. And her logic for wanting to wear a princess dress to her first concert was priceless. She said that Taylor Swift is pretty like a princess, so she had to be one, too. Aww!
But I was most excited for my 15 year old son, Kyle. Kyle is 15, and is going to be a Sophomore in the fall. He's a wonderful kid. He's kind, creative, compassionate, and has very strong morals. Kyle is also gay, and comfortable in his own skin. Unfortunately, this opens him up to teasing, bullying, and even hate crimes. (Yes, we have even had to call the police recently.)
Despite all of the challenges he faces every single day, Kyle has maintained honor roll grades and a positive attitude. It would be so easy for him to get discouraged or be ashamed of who he is.....That hasn't happened. Instead of letting the hate get to him, he decides to "Shake It Off" since "Haters gonna hate, hate, hate hate...." Okay. I'm a nerd.
There's something extra special about the music scene here in Cleveland. It is, after all, the birthplace of Rock & Roll. We have the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Cafe, House of Blues, and of course, Quicken Loans Arena. We Ohio peeps affectionately call this venue "The Q". It's where all the biggest acts come to grace the stage.
Before Taylor Swift hit the stage, we got to enjoy the musical stylings of Vance Joy. He's a very soulful, almost folksy artist who showed a ton of emotion in his songs. We really enjoyed seeing him, and he was a great opening act to get the crowd riled up for Taylor Swift.
My son, Kyle, held back tears as she spoke about strength, love, and being proud of every experience that makes you who you are, even if it is painful. She even made eye contact with us as she glanced through the crowd. It was almost surreal.
Now of course I know Taylor Swift wasn't talking directly to my son. She has no idea who he is or what he has been through. But she might as well have been speaking directly to his soul. My 15 year old had tears in his eyes and a renewed sense of pride listening to Taylor's words of wisdom. For that, this mama is grateful.
Thanks again to American Express and Influence Central for giving my family such a fun way to kick off our summer!
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