I saw Hamilton: An American Musical four times this summer, and I still haven’t recovered. If you have somehow missed hearing about this show, stop right here and go listen to the whole thing for free on Spotify. You’re welcome.
One of the (many) things I love about Hamilton is its reminder that history has a place for all of us. As I teach my students this fall, I can point to this musical and say, “Look! If you love the subject of history, there’s a place for you. If you love rap, there’s a place for you. If you love theater, dance, singing, there’s a place for you. If you love to read and write, there’s a place for you, too.” The writing, staging, reception, etc. of Hamilton encompasses all of these things. All of these things together have created a cultural phenomenon that is quite possibly the best musical of our time. And it would not have happened if even one of those components were missing.
This reminder that we are living tomorrow’s history now isn’t just true for my students. It’s true for all of us. We need to find what we are passionate about and pursue it. We were created with unique personalities and talents for a reason.
We each have a role to play, and each role adds something to the fabric of the history of the human race. So go do your thing.