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Everybody is obsessing over 1989 (Taylor’s Version) but I’m staying in the Midnights era.

I’ve heard so many times that Midnights is not one of Taylor’s best works, that it’s good but not great. After she launched so many new projects, it seems like everybody just moved on from Midnights. Unpopular opinion, but Midnights is one of my favorite albums.

Her new album, in my opinion, shows a more mature Taylor going through new challenges that I can relate to. Some of my favorite songs from the album are “You’re on Your Own, Kid”, “Midnight Rain”, “Karma, and “Mastermind”.

My favorite song from the album is “You’re on Your Own, Kid”. The song is about how Taylor is constantly wanting a guy’s attention but ultimately feels alone. When she realizes that she can’t get his attention, she still finds peace. My favorite part of the song is the bridge, in which she says: “Cause there were pages turned with the bridges burned / Everything you lose is a step you take / So make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it / You’ve got no reason to be afraid.”

In life, we’re always afraid to step outside of our comfort zones, because the unknown is outside of our control. The song tells us that even if you fail, there’s always something to learn, and you have to keep going. When she says “You’re on Your Own, Kid/ You always have been”, it makes me realize that even if you lose friends, boyfriends, or just people close to you, you will always have yourself, and that is okay.

Another masterpiece from the album is “Midnight Rain”, which is about leaving behind the comfort of a healthy relationship to avoid settling. I believe that we all have met a person whom we care about, maybe a boyfriend, a friend, or a family member who just wants to stay right where they are, without trying anything else. As an ambitious person, I’ve always wanted to go for the best and to have dreams and aspirations, and I’ve met people that I cared about who were just okay where they were, with no dreams of being someone better.

When she said, “He wanted a bride, I was making my own name / Chasing that fame, he stayed the same”, that really impacted me because it was exactly like I was feeling. I dreamt of doing something big that people close to me told me I would never do because it was too far to reach. But I believed in myself and got it. Never stop dreaming because of someone else’s opinions, those people are just in a different phase of their lives.

Amelie Baquero is a new member at Her Campus. She is a latina woman born and raised in Ecuador, but moved to the U.S. in 2019. Some of her hobbies include reading, photography and watching Gilmore Girls. Amelie is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin and is majoring in journalism. She fell in love with writing when she wrote for the Dallas College newspaper before going to UT. From there, she discovered that she wanted to be the voice of those who are ignored. Amelie dreams of one day being an investigative journalist or a global correspondent, and maybe working for the United Nations.