Colorful People from our nation’s history: Alexander Hamilton
Colorful People From Our Nation’s History: Alexander Hamilton 1757-1804
The first thing that struck me in Arianna Hufffington’s review of the popular and acclaimed Hamilton play on Broadway, is that each of us has a remarkable story of challenges and experiences that shapes who we are.
Everyone is carrying parts of themselves and experiences as young children that help shape who we ultimately become. In many stories, there is a tragedy that deeply affected lives. Alexander Hamilton came from a big dose of humble beginnings. The illegitimate son of a Scottish immigrant father and a British West Indian mother (who happened to be married to someone else). There’s the complication and crux that affects many lives and maybe even generations.
“In repression there is still gold and beautiful minds to be discovered. Many of our presidents, great leaders, and ourselves came from very humble beginnings, innately it’s a driven virtue like no other to succeed.” ~ Natalie
Alexander’s life started to change. It was the pivotal crux to propel him to succeed. He was hired by an import-export firm and impressed the bosses who decided to send him to the American colonies to further his education in 1772. There, his gumption and hard work started to pay off and obviously Alexander was very smart and had the virtue of being driven to succeed; which is always a blessing. He became a member of the Continental Congress, an Author of the Federalist Papers, a champion of the Constitution and the First Secretary of the Treasury.
I’m sure he must have thought, if only his mother had lived to witness his success; her only son. Sounds very familiar this story and history always repeats itself in each of our lives. Had Alexander’s mother not died that would have changed Alexander’s fateful future. Just as if I had not had my only child, a son, I might have never educated myself and then I went on to work in a highly scientific environment. There I advanced quickly after my education like Alexander did. He lost his mother at 13 and I lost a father who wasn’t my father at 13.
As I read about Alexander Hamilton’s life, there seemed to be many parallels in our fates. But as I have said before, everything in our lives is subject to change when the unexpected arrives. After all the scientific and technical world that I immersed myself into, I went on to become a database consultant throughout California; a lucrative career. But another dream was always in the back of my mind. As yours might still be. Something much later in life, an enormous challenge, presented the right circumstances to fulfill and immerse myself in the writing world through social media. If you are reading this, I’m sure this sounds very familiar to you. The writing led to a new chapter in my life as Editor-in-Chief of Natswritings.com. I assure you, none of this was planned. I just wanted to write and brush the cobwebs off my acting talent. Natswritings.com is an online magazine with an artistic flare. There’s many many stories, there’s truth, there’s inspiration and I also became very enthralled with the ostentatious election of 2016. Global issues, foreign policy, business, technology I touched upon at Natswritings.com. The magazine was intended to purposefully appeal to our creative sides of our brains and minds. From that point, three years ago, I was able to rise once again resiliently; truly a blessing.
Maria’s husband had left her with a small daughter to support. That sounds too familiar to me, when my mother and I left the big city and a father I would never know to return home; to safety and a glorious life. I was 2 years old. Not much later than that, my mother would meet the man of her dreams because he worked very hard farming and was educated and good looking. They were two beautiful people who met at a local dance and very quickly decided that neither could live without the other. It does sound terribly familiar; doesn’t it?
Alexander and Maria became very close and eventually had a clandestine affair. Here again, the parallels of the past and present. From there Alexander’s life became scandalous. Yes, the judgement of fools gawking while carrying their sins tucked away for another revisit of a memorable past. It was said, Maria and her husband James had carefully planned the affair as a ruse in an attempt to extort large amounts of money from the Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. From there, the story morphed into a bigger scandal and ultimately Alexander Hamilton was charged for using government funds as hush money. But that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the most influential leaders in this country’s history.
In the latter part of his career, he continued to rise to success but inevitably he was found to be embezzling money as Secretary of Treasure.
We are human and not without vices that usually complicates our lives until we find exactly what we are looking for; purpose. At some point in our lives, there is a pivotal time to either rise or fall due to our humanness.