6 Lessons I’ve Learned from the Hamilton Soundtrack

Don’t worry, this isn’t a listicle…

Though I’ve never met him, Lin-Manuel Miranda has provided me with powerful inspiration.

The Past Isn’t a Cage

I’m only 23 years old, but I have gone through difficulties in life. There are some things that I wish I’d have done differently. We all have those things in our past. But you know what?

“Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned
Our man saw his future drip, dripping down the drain
Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain
And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain”

Thankfully, my parents are still alive. I’ve never seen a hurricane up close. And yet I still let the past bring me down at times. We can’t do anything about yesterday. We have today. What we do with it will change tomorrow.

Your Life’s Work

I’m not sure exactly what my life’s work will be just yet. But thanks to Hamilton, I’ve already learned something about it.

“Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder”

There will be times on the journey when life is not easy at all. There’s no instruction manual, and the way ahead will be foggy at best. Life was never meant to be easy — no matter how much we wish it were so. But we’re tasked with giving our best to each situation we find ourselves in. Alexander Hamilton did just that and…well…the rest is history.

“Figure it out, Alexander. That’s an order from your commander”

Alexander Hamilton is now remembered for helping to create our National Bank. His life’s work left a massive mark on our nation’s history. None of it would have happened if he had cowered in face of pressure or hard work.

“There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait!”

“These New York City streets get colder, I shoulder
Ev’ry burden, ev’ry disadvantage
I have learned to manage, I don’t have a gun to brandish
I walk these streets famished
The plan is to fan this spark into a flame”

“Legacy. What is a legacy?
It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see”

I can’t control it. So why worry about it?

“Let me tell you what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
You have no control:
Who lives
Who dies
Who tells your story?”

Thank you so much for reading. I really appreciate it! Someday, I’ll go see Hamilton. Until then, my wife and I will just keep jammin’ to the soundtrack in our car. Wishing you the best wherever life finds you right now.

P.S. “Someday” came while celebrating our anniversary, and it was INCREDIBLE! Your “somedays” will be here soon, too. :)

Christ-follower. Husband to @SarahLCharles. Simple moments hold great power. Connect with me at my website: www.aarondcharles.com

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