Something has happened to me recently that has chilled me to the bone. It troubles me. It disturbs me. It makes me question whether I’ve been possessed.
What is this, you ask?
I’ll tell you:
I’ve stopped hating Taylor Swift.
Allow me to explain.
Since she first burst onto the scene, Taylor Swift leaped to the top of famous people that annoy me. I thought her music was too bubblegum and all she did was sing about wanting to steal other people’s boyfriends. I was more old school in some of my musical tastes.
I got so good that when driving in the car, I could recognize one of her songs and change the station within two measures of the song starting.
Didn’t matter what the song was. Didn’t matter if I was even paying attention to the radio or not…flicking the button when one of her songs came on was as instinctive to me as pulling your hand away after touching a hot pot. I had hating her music down to an art.
And, I was proud of it.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, just like that, it was gone.
One of her songs came on the radio and….I didn’t change it.
I immediately recognized this as abnormal behavior. Several thoughts passed through my head:
Am I tired? No, I’ve been getting pretty good sleep lately.
Am I drunk? No, it was the middle of the day and I was driving my family around. Definitely hadn’t consumed any alcohol.
Am I possessed? I don’t know what possession feels like but I felt in control of everything else.
Am I on anything else? Nope. See above.
What is happening?
I figured it was just an abnormal response, but the next time a song came on, it also stayed on. A couple of days later I was driving to work and heard a brand new song by some hip-hop artist that she was in…and I didn’t change it then either. In fact, two thoughts popped into my head simultaneously: “That’s Taylor Swift” and “This isn’t bad.”
Scary stuff, huh?
I won’t go as far as to say that I like her music….but the fact that I can now tolerate it, and that this happened out of the blue, this is bone chilling to me. And that it happened just like that.
Am I just getting soft or am I in real trouble here?