“I am the one thing in life I can control.”Aaron Burr
I’m still on a high from seeing Hamilton last week. If you missed the post about Five Lessons I Learned from Hamilton, check it out. And while you’re at it, here are five more.
- You are the only one you can control. Aaron Burr realizes there isn’t much in life he can control except himself. It’s so true. You can’t control how other people react, the weather, or basically anything else in life. You can only control your actions.
- What comes next? Good old King George provides a bit of comic relief when he asks what comes next for the Revolution now that they have broken free of his control. “You’re on your own now. Awesome, wow. Do you have a clue what happens now?” They probably didn’t and most of us don’t when a dramatic change occurs in our lives. Wondering what comes next is natural. How we move forward is what matters most.
- Take a break. Alexander was a workaholic. Between the war, establishing the U.S. treasury, and writing the Federalist papers, he spent a lot of time away from his family. Eliza begs him to take a break and spend the summer with her and the children, but he doesn’t. Does this sound familiar? Take a break. Work less. Live more.
- How lucky we are to be alive right now! A recurring theme of the musical was “Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now!” This pretty much speaks for itself. There are so many tragedies in this life, and yet, there is still so much joy to be found. Cherish life, each and every day.
- Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? When it’s all said and done, how do you want to be remembered in this life? What is the story you want people to tell about you? Alexander often wrote as if he were running out of time, a fact no one understood until after he was gone. Eliza throws herself into raising funds for the Washington Monument and opening the very first orphanage in New York City. As Eliza says, “And when my time is up, have I done enough?”
When your time is up, will you have any regrets? Look around. We’re lucky to be alive right now. Live your life with purpose each and every day.