Taylor Swift's "Out Of The Woods" Video Message Encourages Finding Yourself
Taylor Swift premiered the music video for her newest single, "Out Of The Woods," during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, and the world will never be the same. The video, Swift's sixth off her 1989 album, was full of stunning visuals and graceful moves. It followed Swift as she journeyed from a peaceful shore to a dark woods, was chased by a pack of wolves to the top of a snowy mountain and then dove into the water below before finally making her way back to herself on the beach. The video was stunning, but the most striking parts of the "Out of the Woods" music video might just have been the title cards that appeared both at the end of the video, which read, "She Lost Him/ But She Found Herself/ And That Was Everything." So, what does the message at the end of the "Out Of The Woods" video mean?
The message is actually a continuation of the title cards that open the video, which read simply "She/ Lost/ Him." With "Out Of The Woods," Swift is telling her fans that sometimes a breakup can lead to self-discovery instead of heartbreak. She may have lost the man, but she gained a new understanding of herself and "that was everything." Instead of putting her identity and meaning in the hands of a significant other, Swift finds it within herself.
It's a pretty powerful message, made only more beautiful by the complete absence of a man in the video. Swift is the only person who appears in the video — no love interest, no squad, just Taylor Swift in all her glory. "Out Of The Woods" might just be T-Swift's most empowering music video yet.