"New year, new me," right? Yeah, no. You're not going to magically become a new person overnight just because it's a new calendar year, but that doesn't mean you can't make a few little changes to improve your life. Broadway's Hamilton shares a few lessons with the audience that we should all take into consideration for 2018.
1. Talk less.
I know what you're thinking, "Wait, what? Talk less? Shouldn't I talk more to have my voice be heard?" Yes, you should speak up so that your voice can be heard, but you should also be respectful of others' opinions. You may not always agree with everyone else, but not everyone will always agree with you. You won't know why people have the opinions they do until you decide to talk less and listen more, like Hamilton during the Cabinet Battles.
2. Smile more.
Smiling is contagious, you should do it more often. It can literally change your entire mood, and possibly the mood of others. Smile at strangers. Who knows? Maybe you'll make a new friend, or in Alexander Hamilton's case, a frenemy who eventually kills you during a duel.
3. Be more present.
Actually, experience life, put your phone down. Nobody cares what you're eating for dinner or how much money you just spent on a new pair of shoes. Nobody's going to "go mad" over not knowing what you're doing (unless they're the King of England, or your dog is being really cute, you should always post pictures of your dog).
4. Don't throw away your shot.
You can do whatever you put your mind to, I promise. Don't throw away your shot just because you don't think you can do it. If Alexander Hamilton threw away his shot, imagine what our country would be like today? You can make a difference.
5. Stay true to yourself.
Never forget who you are- say it loudly and proudly. You are exactly who you are for a reason. You don't have to do anything that compromises your morals or beliefs, even if you're being pressured to do so.