Scenic Sundays | At Odds and Taking a Shot at Being Positive

Posted on April 17, 2016 «
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An introvert who loves to talk to people face-to-face.


A bookworm who doesn’t mind not hoarding books.


A tv fanatic who doesn’t binge watch—much.


A girl who loves geeky/nerdy things.


A creative person who feels the nagging need to be a part of the creative world, but has one foot in “reality” and knows a 9-to-5 job is necessary to put food on the table and roof over her head.

A person at odds. That’s who I am. I think outside the box and yet I’m inside the box (I’ve heard it’s bigger on the inside). It’s a struggle. It’s exhausting. It’s fun. It’s exciting.

So where is this coming from? Well, a good friend of my recently recommended the cast recording of Hamilton (affiliate link). Never one to turn down a good Broadway cast recording recommendation, I downloaded it and on my drive to Minnesota to see my family last weekend, I spent just over 2 hours listening to Alexander Hamilton’s story. By the end, I was in tears. I identified with Hamilton (at least the musical version) and his struggle to be a part of the action yet recognize his talents as a speaker and a writer.

The cast recording in itself it as odds with what would be considered “the Broadway norm” I’m familiar with. The founding mothers and fathers use rap and hip hop to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton through The Revolutionary War (which I have never found that exciting) and the years afterwards until his untimely death. It’s quite an amazing, inspiring narrative.

And now I’m obsessed. This music is now on a constant loop in my car and as I write. I find myself humming it to myself when I’m not actually listening to it. And that’s the fun part, the story, the music, the lyrics are sinking into my bones and I feel a part of it all. Hamilton’s story isn’t boring (although I’m sure there is some flair added for theatrical purposes). And you know what, my personal story—the odd things that seemingly set me apart from everyone else in my mind’s eye—are not boring either. Look back at the list at the start of this post, I start to see positive adjectives.


friendly | educated | knows restraint | unique hobbies | grounded


And that’s part of being a positive person, right? Seeing yourself in the best light and reflecting that positivity outwards so others can see and learn from it. Is it easy to do? Nope. Can I do it every day? Nope (see last week’s Scenic Sunday post). But I try. Because when I do, I feel lighter and more free. More able to ignore the stares as I drive down the street with my windows down and sunroof open blasting and singing along to a rap/hip-hop Broadway cast recording.


I am not throwing away my shot…


hamilton quote

Taken on April 16, 2016 with a Canon Rebel T3i near Marion, IA.


Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton quote
View this quote on flickr.

“I am not throwing away my shot!
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot!”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, “My Shot” from Hamilton





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4 responses to “Scenic Sundays | At Odds and Taking a Shot at Being Positive

  1. TheSeedQueen

    I had never heard of Hamilton before this post and then just yesterday I saw an article that it got a Pulitzer. I might have to check it out.