Are You REALLY Shaking It Off Like Taylor Swift? Why You Should…

By now you probably know the hit song by Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off.” Maybe you even sing it as loud as you can in the shower and use your shampoo as a microphone. (Not that I do that or anything…) But my question is, in your own life- are you really shaking it off? Are you shaking it off like Taylor and “letting it go” like Elsa? Are you the Disney diva/hero or pop star of your own life?

I hope you are. My shaking it off is more of a work in progress, to be honest. It’s like I want to be a “shake” but right now I’m “partially melted ice cream” or something. Sometimes I shake it off totally, sometimes I half shake it off, and sometimes I just hold that crap in. :-/ As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve realized the consequences of holding it in.. and the amazing things that happen when I shake it off. So I’m shaking more and more and holding less and less.

Holding hate in is like holding poison. It’s toxic. It slows down dreams and discolors truth. So I think you should shake it off as much as possible. Shake it way off. Shake it like a polaroid picture. Shake it like a really furry wet dog that just came out of a really wet lake.

There are so many haters… but they aren’t the big scary people with the power that we think they are. I have a YouTube channel and someone commented on my video, “Your singing is so bad my dog heard it and died!” People have said worse, but I won’t go into it. I shook that crap waaay the heck off. BUT I wrote back to the doggy comment and said it really hurt my feelings.. I recommend just ignoring and deleting hurtful comments, but for some reason I responded to this one. They wrote back and by their response I realized it was a really young kid. She told me her dog really did die and she was so sad that she just wanted to blame it on someone. She said she really liked my singing and was so sorry. I think most haters are a version of this little girl. They feel pain inside, and like a Buddhist monk I love says, (Thich Nhat Hanh) their hate is their own pain spilling over. After I realized this was a sad, little girl whose dog died, I wanted to give her a big hug! I’ve been that hurt, little girl… confused how to process my pain. I’ve made mistakes that I regret now because I was wearing pain goggles and couldn’t see straight.. we all have. (but I’ve forgiven myself and shaken that guilt off, too- just shake it all off, baby..everything thing that doesn’t feel good) I know it’s super hard to have compassion for haters and send blessings instead of getting super mad at them and being mean back (I can only do it sometimes- Hey, I didn’t say I was a Buddhist monk) but it is what I think is the best thing to do. I think it’s the right thing. Turn the other cheek.

Haters may also feel jealous. Things are bad for them and they are seeing you singing, “Let It Go” on a mountain with tons of awesome ice creations. They aren’t making ice creations so they don’t want you to either. Instead of stopping making ice, keep rocking your ice powers and either ignore their hate or invite them to make ice creations with you. They can also be the Elsa of their life. But YOU cannot stop because of their hate. You need to shake. Turn up the volume on that Taylor Swift.. Crank it.

Think about things haters have said to you in the past.. think back on your whole life…What are the phrases that play in your mind that makes you feel less than? That tear you down? Shake. I had one teacher that used to yell at me and clap in front of my face to get me to focus. (Her way of getting my attention when I was busy thinking of pink unicorns-the unicorns were so much happier than her) I got bad grades in her class. She made me feel like I was inadequate and would never excel in school. Later I realized my overactive imagination was ok and could be worked with..it was actually one of my gifts! I had to stop believing what she thought in order to excel. I had to shake it off. I got a 4.0 last semester in grad school at NYU. I shook that crap WAY off and was able to accomplished more than I ever dreamed was possible! We have to let it go.. Cue Elsa.. again.

Have you ever really investigated if hurtful things people have said to you are true or not? Try making them not true for you anymore. Also, think about the things YOU say to yourself. You need to shake off your own hurtful statements as well! If you wouldn’t say it to a dear friend, it’s time to shake it off, too. Shake yourself off. Wait- is that possible? Well, I don’t think it’s the next hit song… LOL

It’s crazy how we let negative things we hear affect us. I read a weird statistic once that if something negative happened to you when you were 12-years-old, you’d probably not be successful in life. (or something like that) I had happened to have several negative life events happen when I was 12, so I was so saddened by that information. I was like, “Ok… well.. I guess I doomed!” A year later… thank GOD.. I read a statistic that if something big and negative happened when you were 12 you were more likely to work tirelessly to be successful and become someone great. I was floored. Which was true? I then started to become much more successful. I should have never given statistics that kind of power. I am the one who decides my destiny. Not statistics, not haters, not negative self talk.. ME. My big, untouchable, amazing spirit. (I think we all have one! It’s like a super sized shake version of ourselves) I hope I’m making sense and not just making you crave Dairy Queen..

Sometimes in life we want to hold on to some kind of fear. This marketing guy I love, Seth Godin, recommends (if we have to have the fear) changing where we place our fear. Instead of fearing haters saying negative things about us and our work, we should fear no one saying anything about us and us never sharing our work. That’s way worse! Say you start writing a blog and you get some haters, it’s OK! Don’t fear people hating on your work, fear something else- fear NO ONE talking about your work. Fear your work not ever getting out there. Even Taylor’s song for instance, will have many haters… BUT it has way more lovers and people who are inspired and touched by it. If she feared the haters and hid from them, we wouldn’t have her awesome music. She wouldn’t be making the beautiful impact that she’s making… We have to accept that there will be haters, but we (and our awesome work) are bigger than the hate. Someone attacked my blog (this blog) recently and I was like, “Oh no! Maybe I shouldn’t write.” But then I did what Seth Godin said to do.. I feared never putting my work out there. I feared keeping my truth inside. So, I kept writing. Haters, you are welcome. I’m giving you a big ol’ hug. I don’t fear you. I’m sorry, but you don’t have the power. Love does. It always has… it always will.

Maybe you’ve held on to the crap for a long time. It’s never too late to erase the crap, though. In another blog, I talk about how you can erase anything people (or you) have written in your life story that doesn’t serve you. You can get out a jumbo eraser and go to town. It’s never too late to be the person you want to be. Sometimes if something negative comes into my head I say, “I’m not a person who believes that anymore.” “I’m not a person who is affected by that anymore.” I can be whatever person I want to be. I can be a strawberry shake, a chocolate shake with peanut butter cups.. No one can decide for me what kind of shake I am. So, it all comes back to shakes.

What are you going to shake off? What hate can you shake off right now to be happier? What are you going to use the energy you save by letting all the hate go to do? Put the energy you shake off into your passion. Into creating beauty in the world.. When you hold it in, you have a weight on your chest. You feel like cheese that has been in the fridge too long. When you shake it off, you are free and light. You’re frozen yogurt. You’re soy delicious. You’re a berry smoothie.

I took all my crap energy and made it into big creative projects and songs. It’s way better there then weighing me down. Many of you know I’m writing a musical about mental health. Recently, a song from the show was featured on Broadway World! The song is called, “I’m Different.” The lyrics say, “I’m different… breaking the limits you set on me.” I wrote this after I realized I was letting people tell me how far I could go in life, when that decision was really up to me. I’ll link you to that video & article as well and post the song in this blog! 🙂 

Broadway World Article About My Musical and “I’m Different” video

Love you bunches! I’m so happy we’ve connected. Rachie

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85 thoughts on “Are You REALLY Shaking It Off Like Taylor Swift? Why You Should…

  1. Hey Rachie, thank you for the perfect level of craziness, silly and insight today. You are spot on. It’s just what needed to get into my head as I struggle to survive through the darkness and pain of today. Keep writing.

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  2. I’ve actually never heard either of the songs you referenced at the beginning of this post but I love this post. This is something I work really hard on, trying to be more able to let things roll off my back. I don’t think it’s something that comes naturally to many of us!

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    1. Totally! I’m such a work in progress with this… But at least we are working at it! Hehehe at least we try- that’s something to be proud of alone- trying more to let things roll off our backs as you said! Glad you liked it even though you didn’t know the songs or movie I was referencing (the ice creations part is from frozen) I was worried people might not get the article if they didn’t know the songs I was referring to! Thanks so much for your response!

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    1. It’s so cute and heartbreaking and makes so much sense, right? 🙂 I never “got” internet trolls and why people say hateful things for no reason- but I got that little girl! After she explains I was like “aw” thanks for posting! Xo

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      1. Right? The kids I nanny say and do hurtful things often in order to simply get attention! Every sin is a false attempt to meet a basic need. Makes ya wonder what every one’s story is. What are they crying out for? ;~)

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    1. Totally! It’s gotten a little easier as I’ve gotten older but I still have to remind myself! 🙂 yes- it’s a daily process for me and not something I’ve “conquered” I like how you describe it as a way of life! 💙💚

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  3. Dear Rachel, thank you for sending this amazing article on letting go and shaking it off. It really is a beautiful feeling having nothing weighing me down. I’m happy that you were able to look past the bitterness in others. Can’t wait for more of your amazing posts. Takecare

                                – Gift

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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  4. This was really insightful, I think self introspection and self awareness is an important trait to have, unfortunately it’s something that doesn’t come natural for everyone. it’s amazing how often we attach emotions to things without actually realizing it. , As they say, in order to fix something you have to have an awareness that it is broken in the first place and once that is accomplished then perhaps acceptance, becomes the most pivotal aspect of the journey. Btw your Taylor swift/ Disney References are so awesome! I was like High Five for this haha!

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  5. Rachel, what an inspirational post. I grapple with so many things, which is a good thing because it means I’m thinking and processing what’s happening, but some of it I need to let go. Or, there comes a point when it’s time to move forward and shake it off.
    I have been very fortunate that I haven’t had any haters but I have noticed more of that on U tube. I belong to a groups of very compassionate bloggers called 1000 Voices for Compassion which might appeal to you. We blog once a month on the 20th about some aspect of Compassionhttp://1000voicesspeak.org/
    Good on you for writing a musical and getting some interest. We need creative people who can turn our insides out and express what we can not express ourselves.
    By the way, I love your line: “Different but not broken” and relate so much to it. My health isn’t great and my body is somewhat broken but I guess I “shake it off” while I “swing from the chandelier”. Being creative, also makes me different and I really grappled with that. I had a chat once with a hospital chaplain who told me that if we were all the same and just shades of grey, it would be pretty boring and that we need colour. Yet, there’s still been that inner tension whether to express myself in all its technicolour glory or just conform. These day, however, creativity is winning and I’m stepping out more and more…as you might appreciate from the latest photos on my blog. Hardly conventional! xx Rowena

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    1. Wow, Rowena- your writing is beautiful! I love everything you said and relate to it all! I love the sia reference!! (Chandelier!) I love what the chaplain said and I agree- we can feel like there is something “wrong” with us when we are not a shades of grey and are bright purple with blue and yellow polka dots 😉 but yes- different is not broken- it’s just different- and yes- we’d be so bored and stagnant with all grey! Different is fabulous! 🙂 our vibrant colors won’t resonate w everyone but they don’t have to! 🙂 we don’t need everyone’s approval! 🙂 so much love your way!

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      1. Thank you very much, Rachel. I was very very pleased to find your blog as well and also felt a synergy. You might also enjoy Kath Unsworth’s Blog: Miniscule Moments. She’s a very gifted artist who is moving into writing and has a great sensitivity. http://kathunsworth.com/
        Take care and have a great day xx Rowena

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    1. Hey girl! I really enjoy your writing and perspective! I’ve read and enjoyed some of your blogs, too! Ya- it does mean that people are reading and we never get 100% of people understanding what we are writing- but we are writing for the people who do get it and are inspired by our voices! 🙂 thanks so much for the nice comment💘

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  6. Your so hot I can’t stand it Rachel, love the article! Taylor will be here in Colorado Springs this week, I’ve been thinking about going just to see her live at least once. Your an awesome writer and I love when I get an email that you’ve written a new post- keep it up 🙂

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  7. wow! what a beautiful post! the part where you talked about the youg girl who sent you bad comments about your voice, whom you later discovered was hurting and didnt really mean to, was particularly eye opening, if we actually see people through the eyes of understanding, even though many times, we won’t really know y they’re acting so bad, life becomes much easier, because most people’s actions are just spring ups of their personal experiences.
    much love!

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    1. You understood what I was trying to convert exactly! It’s so hard when people are being mean and crappy, but when you think about that behavior as their pain spilling over its so much easier to be compassionate- that doesn’t mean we take their mistreatment – we can stand up for ourselves and walk away – but it makes else have more compassion and sometimes we are able to help them. It makes us not attack back- thanks so much for the great comment! 💚💚❤️❤️💛💛💙💙💖💖💕💕

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  8. “You’re a berry smoothie.”

    I love you already, Rachel! Your blog just made my day.
    I can totally empathise with the teacher situation having been in quite a few of those myself.
    Also yay, you like Taylor Swift!💛
    We need more “over-imaginative” people like you. So keep up the good work!
    Congrats on the song, by the way. You sing really well!
    And thanks for giving a first time blogger like me a follow, I really appreciate it.😁

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