Listen, we weren't all lookers in high school. Some of us went through that inevitable awkward stage a bit later than we would have liked. And, there are probably even more of us whose who on cruised out of that stage, but our fashion choices were simply too questionable to overlook. It's fine. It's just that as per the throwback picture Lin-Manuel Miranda posted of his 18-year-old self, he can't relate. Because, uh, if I knew Miranda in high school, I, and I'm sure many others, would have all have had major crushes on him.
The craziest part of this eye opening realization that Miranda has always been a total babe, is that he apparently doesn't think so. He wrote in the tweet accompanying the picture, "Still working on my whole situation! Check in later! -age 18." This implies that his "situation" is a lot more than just appearances, which is kind of true given that in that photo, he's less than 20 years away from unparalleled success. But, still. The situation at the time was most definitely not something to be embarrassed of. My high school senior self would have jumped at the chance for the composer-actor-rapper-writer to be my prom date. I'm just sayin'.
Still working on my whole situation! Check in later! -age 18 pic.twitter.com/XlM8n54lVd— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 23, 2016
Also, not be cliche, but the Miranda parallels to Alexander Hamilton abound. They're both geniuses and both good looking albeit a bit scraggly before they truly came into their own. Miranda's assertion that he was "Still working on my whole situation" feels like almost a direct interpretation of Hamilton's quip in "My Shot." You know, when he proclaims, "Only 19, but my mind is older..." The two both had major potential they undoubtedly realized through exemplary displays of ambition.
I suppose all this really means is that we would have been as smitten with Miranda as Angelica and Eliza Schuyler were with Hamilton upon first glance. Life really does imitate art, doesn't it?