I can’t stop talking about my trip to NYC. Sorry if y’all are tired of hearing about it, but it was one of those trips that I will never forget. I am always finding excuses to take a trip to the Big Apple (all the theater and fashion in one place…couldn’t get much better for me). A couple of months ago, I decided that this trip needed to happen for the sheer fact that I needed to see the musical, Dear Evan Hansen. If you saw my Instagram stories, you may have seen me ramble on, well, really I was speechless, after seeing the show on the Wednesday I was there. I even did a few things I’ve never done before – I decided to see the show a second time within 3 days (I’ve only seen a handful of shows twice – Wicked, Book of Mormon, Lion King, but it’s always been years in between) and I waited in the cancellation line for almost 4 hours to get tickets to see the show a second time (I’m planning to write a post about my cancellation line experience and my tips to increase your chances of seeing a popular show).
A little bit about the show….Dear Evan Hansen is a show about a high school senior, Evan Hansen, who feels isolated from his peers and suffers from anxiety. One day, he is mistaken for the best friend of another student at his school who commits suicide. I don’t want to give the rest away, but this story hit me to my core and has been with me ever since I saw it and I felt compelled to write this post. If you want to know more, you can listen to the Broadway cast recording here or you can read a synopsis of the show here.
You’re probably thinking, girl, you’re crazy, but y’all this show brought out so many emotions in me that I couldn’t help but share what has been on my heart recently. I’m not sure I am doing it justice in my articulation, below, but I am going to try and share what I have been inspired to write by this touching musical. So here it goes….
Each of us are unique, we have our own stories to tell, we have our experiences that shape who we are. And there is so much beauty in this. But, because we are all so unique, it can be so easy to feel like no one understands who we are. Or it feels like we will never be fully understood or accepted for all of the flaws we believe we have.
Maybe, you feel like the conversation you had was a total bust and you can’t stop thinking about how you totally made a fool of yourself and if only you could go back and fix it. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Maybe, you are self conscious of wearing a sleeveless top because your arms aren’t completely toned. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Maybe, you are scared to share your opinion or story with someone because you are afraid of getting hurt. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Maybe, you approach a situation with the best of intentions, but it totally comes out wrong. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Maybe, you struggle to effectively communicate your emotions. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Maybe, you dislike your job but don’t know what else you would want to do, so you do nothing. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Maybe, you don’t know what you want to do when you grown up. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Maybe, you are considered an adult, but don’t feel like anyone should let you do the things adults are supposed to do. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Whatever you are struggling with, y’all, I guarantee there is someone out there that is feeling a similar way. There have been so many times in my life where I was going through something and feeling a certain way. Days, weeks, months go by and I continue to live my life, but then I talk to someone and they bring up a story that is so in parallel with mine, it’s almost scary. But, it always reminds me that in this big, crazy world, there is someone who can relate to me. And we are all human. We struggle with our own baggage, our own insecurities and our own demons that we must fight to live the lives we want to live to the fullest.
Please always remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! There are so many people that care about you, even if you don’t know them yet. Someone cares about you and wants to see you live your best life. If you ever need anyone to talk to, please reach out to someone – maybe it’s a trustworthy friend, a counselor, a family member, or even a stranger from a hotline. I am always here, as well. I promise you – you are important and there are people out there that will accept and love you JUST THE WAY YOU ARE! You just have to find them. Sending all my love to all of you who take the time to stop by! I’m not sure I could say thank you enough! Your support is my constant reminder that I am not alone in my journey.
You can listen to the song that inspired today’s post here.
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