'Dear Evan Hansen' Could Make The World A Better Place

'Dear Evan Hansen' Could Make The World A Better Place

A musical as unique as “Dear Evan Hansen” will reach out and touch so many people, making them feel a little less alone.

Though some may call me a “fake fan” because I only became aware of this musical after it swept the Tony Awards and became mainstream news, it doesn’t take away any of the importance of its story. Dear Evan Hansen is painfully relatable for anyone who has ever felt invisible or alone. It offers us a glimpse into the life of the titular character, Evan, who suffers from severe social anxiety. The fact that mental illness is even being treated directly mentioned as part of a character is revolutionary, and this musical does a beautiful job of addressing it. Instead of treating Evan like he is only his illness, his anxiety is treated as a setback- just something that makes certain tasks more challenging. Evan’s longing to be accepted and loved by those around him makes him an incredibly relatable character.

The thing that I think makes this musical great is that it shows humanity- the fact that no one really knows what they’re doing. We are often plagued by self-doubt and the fear that we won’t meet other people’s expectations, and some people can handle these better than others. It often seems like the easiest thing to do is to, as Evan put it, “step out of the sun.” Eventually, Evan finds something that provides him a way of making meaningful connections with people. In the end, it does not pan out the way he planned, but it helped him to connect with people that he never thought he would. Taking a step outside of his comfort zone provided him with the acceptance and love that he wanted, and I think we could all learn a lesson from this.

Evan’s mother, from the very beginning, worries if she will be able to provide for him on her own. She tries to be there for Evan but, like everyone else, she isn’t sure how to get through to him. Like rest of us, she’s just figuring it out as she goes along. Evan was scared to ask her for help for a long time because he didn’t want to burden her, but she tells him he should never be scared to come to her for whatever he needs. Telling someone that you need them is sometimes difficult because we don’t want to cause them any added stress or pain, but anyone who truly cares about you will want to know that something is wrong. Don’t shut people out if you need them, and make sure that your loved ones know you are willing to help them and that they are not an extra burden on you.

I am not the biggest Broadway fan out there, and I am not ashamed to admit that the only other musical I’ve listened to in its entirety is Hamilton. However, when a story as unique as Dear Evan Hansen comes along, I am all for it because I know for sure that this is going to reach out and touch so many people who relate to the struggles that these characters face, and as a result, these people will feel a little less alone. For anyone out there doubting themselves, just know that you are not invisible. It may take some time, and there will be rough spots along the way, but believe me when I tell you, you will be found.

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From kickball to giving your cat a bath, these activities are Olympic must-haves.

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1. Kickball

Soccer is an Olympic sport, and baseball will be re-added to the list in the Summer 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Soccer + baseball = kickball.

2. Air hockey

Hockey is hard enough on its own, but the addition of air make this classic sport all the more challenging!

3. Foosball

Soccer is the world's most beloved sport, so it only make sense that its table-top cousin should be thrown into the Olympics as well.

4. Sport Stacking (AKA Cup Stacking)

Sure, stacking cups seems like a simple enough concept, but Sport Stacking takes some serious skill! There's even an international association for this fast and furious sport!

5. Frisbee golf

It's frisbee! It's golf! It's frisbee golf! It's frisbee golf! Need I say more?

6. Climbing trees

It takes some mad agility and upper body strength to do some serious tree climbing. Combine that with the fact that trees are found on every continent EXCEPT Antarctica, it would make an easily accessible sport!

7. Freeze tag

We've spent our whole childhood training to be the very best in freeze tag. We deserve the right to compete for a medal.

8. Scooter racing

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9. Dodgeball

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10. Giving a cat a bath

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11. Laser tag

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12 Country Songs For The Unashamed Hopeless Romantic

Brett Young, thanks for raising the bar for our baes by, like, one thousand feet.

Whether you're feeling angry, light-hearted, brokenhearted, or just plain angsty, I guarantee that there's a country song for that. Come on, it's OK to admit that you've caught yourself jammin' to some old school T-Swift or Thomas Rhett while your boo makes your heart feel like it's exploding with joy.

Hopeless romantics, I'm looking at you.

You know exactly what I'm talking about.

You listen to country before your date as you curl your hair and wing your eyeliner.

You listen to country after the date as you dance around your room and hope you have a love like Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins someday.

Am I wrong?

Now, pause your Spotify playlist long enough to really focus on this list of country tracks that you should absolutely check out:

1. First Time Feeling - Dan + Shay

If you're looking for a song that exemplifies the feeling you had when you fell in love for the first time, this is it.

2. Marry Me - Thomas Rhett

If you ever need a sign that you need to tell the person you love that you love them before it's too late and they're walking down the aisle, check this one out.

3. Sleep Without You - Brett Young

We all want a boy to wait up for us after a night out, don't we? Brett Young, thanks for raising the bar for our baes by, like, one thousand feet.

4. Found You - Kane Brown

Isn't this one the dream? We all want to find The One by chance, when we least expect it. This song makes losing the person we thought was The One seem like the best thing in the world.

5. Love Story - Taylor Swift

I'm not talking new generation, "The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now" Taylor. I'm talking old school Taylor. Country Taylor. If this isn't one of your faves, stop reading this article.

6. Can't Say No - Dan + Shay

We can only hope that we have this effect on the person we love. (And if we do, we can hope that they write a song this sweet about us.)

7. God, Your Mama, And Me - Florida Georgia Line

My future husband better agree to dance to this at our wedding. Otherwise, I'm going to need to find a new man. (OK, maybe I won't take it that far, but you get the idea.)

8. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift

Don't we all want a happy ending like this? Girl, just go after him already!

9. Unforgettable - Thomas Rhett

If you find a guy that remembers the first time you met this clearly, marry him.

10. Lately - Dan + Shay

Let's be honest, this song makes us wish our guy would think this way when we feel unappreciated.

11. Take Your Time - Sam Hunt

Just... ugh. Yes, please.

12. Crash My Party - Luke Bryan

What boy in their right mind would give up a night with their boys to spend a night in with their girl? The right one.

Now that I have you all in your feelings, why don't you go listen to some of these love-filled jams of admiration?

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