“Some days I feel like I can totally handle it and then some days I feel like I’m walking on a tightrope and I’m losing my balance. Because you’re human and you have good days and bad days and up days and down days and that’s just kinda how it works. That’s why writing songs helps me get through all that.”
I’ve always been really passionate about volunteering. … I started volunteering when I was about 12 years old, and I didn’t really know I was volunteering at the time. That’s the cool part about volunteering — you don’t have to use any money. It doesn’t cost anything except your time.
I think I started volunteering when I was 12. Both my grandparents came down with cancer, so I spent every day over the course of probably six months in the hospital after school. I would bring my guitar to school and take it to the hospital after school and play music for them. I found that when I was playing music for my grandparents, it seemed like it distracted them from the pain for that three and a-half minutes. So I would start walking up and down the halls of the hospital and play for anybody in the oncology ward who wanted to hear music. I saw a lot of things and was touched because I played for people literally while they were getting their chemo.” — Taylor Swift - Why did you sign up as spokesperson for National & Global Youth Day? (CMT Interview 2007)