How to Make Friends as an Adult

Three Friends Walking

Have you looked at your life recently and wondered what happened to all of the friends you had in your 20’s and early 30’s? If you’re like me, many of them have gotten married and had babies. Others have moved away for new jobs or to be closer to their families. Other friendships just naturally drifted away. The thought of making new friends as an adult can be hard, especially if you are single. There are ways to do it though. Here are my tips for how to make friends as an adult.

How to Make Friends as an Adult

Travel Solo

Stick with me on this one. I know this sounds counter-intuitive but it works and it is a great way to make friends as an adult, particularly if you are single and female. I started traveling solo in my early 30’s and have met some amazing friends along the way. Solo travelers tend to naturally find each other, particularly when traveling through Europe. Sign up for food tours, stay in a hostel, visit museums and take the train or ferry versus driving a car on your own. These are all great places to meet other solo travelers and make friends while traveling.

Volunteer

Volunteering for an organization whose mission you are passionate about is another way to make friends as an adult. Women’s education is one cause I am very passionate about. By doing a quick Google search, I was able to find a local organization that educates girls in Kenya and Senegal. I contacted them and am now a member of their Audit and Finance committee. Everyone on the committee and board are volunteers and I have made several friends through our mutual passion for women’s education.

Take a Class

This option could be as simple as taking a cooking, writing or pottery class to starting a degree program at a local college or university. I have an unquenchable desire to learn new things and am always looking for answers to all of the things I question and wonder about. A few years ago, I earned my MBA and one of my closest friends today came from that experience. I have also met great women from sewing classes and various exercise classes I have taken over the years. A great way to find classes is by checking with your local part district or library.

Adopt a Dog

This one comes with a big commitment but if you are up for it, it can be a great way to make friends as an adult. Walking a dog gets you out of the house regularly and it’s a great way to have conversations with other dog owners who are out walking their dogs at the same time. You can also go to dog parks, where you will find other dog owners. The connections made from a dog park is where I met many of the ladies who eventually became members of the book club I was in. One of the women who started it started spreading the word at the dog park she took her pup to and ended up recruiting four or five other women from those meetings. Ten years later, these women are some of my best friends now. We’ve shared so many fun times and laughs over the years and I look forward to many more.

How to Make Friends as an Adult
My book club at a wedding – some of my favorite people in the world are in this photo.

 

Join the Vicariously Through You Facebook Group

Joining a Facebook group or two is another great way to meet people and make new friends. There seems to be a Facebook group out there for everyone and every thing – from travel, to entrepreneurs, to moms, to pet owners. You can probably find one on topics you’re interested in.

My favorite Facebook group is one I manage. The Vicariously Through You Facebook group is made up of successful, fun, diverse, open-minded women aged 35-50. The goal is to connect, support and cheer each other on. Careers. Dating. Money. Books. Food. Women’s Health. Exercise. It is all on the table for discussion.

We would love for you to join us! You can do so by clicking here. Once you are approved, make sure to introduce yourself so we can get to know you and feel free to post and comment on other women’s posts. We want to hear from you!

Want to read more? Check out a Letter to My Younger Self. You can also read about a recent date I went on here. Spoiler: It’s a funny story.

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A Letter To My Younger Self

A Letter to My Younger Self

A few weeks ago, a high school classmate of mine sent me a message. Her mom was an English teacher at my high school and when we were in her class, we wrote letters to our future selves. My classmate wanted my address so she could send me the letter I had written. We wrote the letters a few weeks before high school graduation for ourselves five years in the future.

It is now 20+ years in the future.

I told my classmate when I responded to her that while I was interested to read the letter, wouldn’t it be great if we could reverse the process and write a letter now to our high school selves instead? Oh the mistakes we may be able to avoid!

That got me thinking though. What would I tell my younger self? What lessons have I learned that I could pass on to her, if her stubborn self would listen?

So I decided to do just that. I wrote a letter to my younger self and it is below.

But First, That Letter from High School

Before I get started with the letter to my younger self, you may be wondering what the letter from high school said. It was full of typical teenage angst. I didn’t have a job for the summer yet so I was lamenting about that. I was also understandably nervous about going away to college in the fall and wondering what the future held for me. The thing that struck me the most was how neat my handwriting was back then. There is zero chance I could replicate that now.

A Letter To My Younger Self

Dear Younger Carmen,

Hello from June 2020. What a six months 2020 has been so far! I will spare you the details so you are surprised later on but get ready for a crazy time! Since I have a bit of time right now, I thought I would take some of it and write you a letter with a few pieces of advice for you as you get ready to set out on this crazy journey called life.

Start Traveling Now!

Travel is going to be one of your biggest passions so start planning and heading out as early as you can. Study abroad in college and use all of your paid time off to travel as much as you can afford from the moment you get your first job.

Traveling the world will open your mind and your heart. It will expose you to different cultures, different beliefs, different religions, different people and new ideas. You will be so glad to have these experiences and memories as you go through life.

Get Involved With Politics and Organizing

Trust me when I say politics are important. They matter at all levels – local, state and federal. Get involved! Register and always make sure to vote. Educate yourself! Learn about the candidates and where they stand on issues you care about. Make sure your voice is heard. Also, use that voice to lift up others who may not be as loud.

Get Your Master’s Degree

Definitely get your Master’s degree but be thoughtful about where you want to go in life versus what seems to make the most sense. With an undergrad degree in Accounting, an MBA is obviously the logical choice for a Master’s degree. But what if your passion is community development, helping people and trying to make the world a better place?

A degree in Public Policy may be the less obvious but better choice. You won’t ever regret any education but try to choose a path that better aligns with your vision for the future.

Don’t be Afraid to be Alone

I know you think your life’s journey will include a husband and kids but it may not work out that way. Date a lot when you are in your 20’s and 30’s. If you are still single in your 40’s, know you gave it your best shot and be at peace with a life you didn’t expect. There are lots of advantages. You can spend your money however you want, travel wherever your heart desires and sleep like a starfish every night.

Life Your Life

Be kind. Think before you respond. Help others without expecting anything in return. Recognize your privilege and the advantages it affords you every day. Use that privilege to make the world a more equal and just place for everyone.

Laugh. It really is the best medicine. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. Forgive yourself more quickly. Hard work doesn’t always get you the results you want but it will teach you something. Find the lesson, pivot and move on.

Friends come and go. It is an inevitable part of life. Let go when it’s time but cherish the memories.

Mom and Dad are usually right, even if you still don’t want to admit that in your forties.

And Finally…

Since I am writing a letter to my younger self and can tell her whatever I want…

When you buy a place in 2017, make sure it is pandemic proof and has designated outdoor space. Fourteen weeks and counting of being cooped up inside is a LONG time. 🙂

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With much love and immense pride for how far you have come so far,

 

 

 

Want to read more? Check out what it’s like to Date in Your Forties here and the Things I am Grateful For Right Now here.

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Adventures in Dating After Forty

Single Life - Dating After 40

I had a date last night. I know. It is hard to believe. I am pretty sure I just saw a pig fly by my window but it really did happen. To be completely honest, it was my first time dating since turning forty. This means it has been a couple of years since I have gone out on a date. Would dating after turning forty be better than dating in my thirties?

I was about to find out.

Dating After Forty

Some Backstory

The guy and I were matched a couple of weeks ago on Coffee Meets Bagel, one of the many, many date apps out there. We chatted through the app for a few days and then texted back and forth before finally deciding to meet. We agree to meet after work last night at The Marq, a bar in the loop.

Going into the date, I knew we had chatted in the past. He mentioned it to me while we were texting back and forth and I vaguely remembered discussing Hawaii with him. What I DIDN’T remember what that we had actually gone out a couple of times before. Um, oops! Total fail on my part and quite awkward but in my defense, he has a beard now so he looks very different.

It turns out that our REAL first date was on December 20, 2017. I know the date because it was the night before my birthday two years ago. So it seems that dating after forty is a whole lot like dating in my thirties…even the same guys are here! Ha!

The Actual Date

We started talking and catching up. I remembered him and the dates we went on after he reminded me so it was more of picking back up the conversation. We talked for a while – my travels, politics, Stella, his grandfather who passed away a couple of weeks ago, etc. It flowed well. About an hour into the date, I realized Iowa MBB was playing on one of the TVs by the bar. We decided to close our tab at the table we were sitting at and moved over to the bar so we could watch the game. This was a very sweet gesture by him and I appreciated it.

We had a good time watching the game. We bantered back and forth and laughed. He was a fun game watching companion.

While we were sitting at the bar, there was a woman eating sitting around the corner from us. She was eating dinner alone. Because I had had a couple of glasses of wine by this point, during a commercial break, I asked her if she was traveling for business. Seems odd but it was impromptu research  for a project I am working on (I will talk about that another time).

The answer was “no.”

Turns out, she works in the building and her husband was out of town so she was enjoying a nice dinner before going home. We started chatting and she referred to the guy as my husband. No, no. I instantly corrected her (side note: is checking for rings before asking something like that something only single people like me do?!). When we told her it was our first date after going out a couple of times two years ago, she said she was very surprised because we seemed totally in tune and comfortable with each other. She was guessing we had been together for a long time after listening to us talk.

We laughed it off. After she finished her dinner and paid her bill, she said goodbye and told us she hopes it works out because we were “two peas in a pod.”

There is a Catch

All of this seems really promising, right? I should be happy and optimistic. But there is an issue. Of course there is.

The main reason I did not pursue anything further with this guy two years ago was because he hadn’t been permanently employed for a while. I want the say it was over a year back then. He was doing some music lessons and house sitting to get by. He was also living in a “family owned” unit on the Northwest side of the city. I didn’t press what “family owned” means too hard although he said he lives alone so apparently he does not live with his parents.

Two years later, he is still doing temporary work and living in the same “family owned” unit.

I don’t want to date or have a long term relationship with someone who is not motivated or driven to find a long term job with benefits and who cannot support himself. If someone is unemployed for a short time or during a downturn in the economy? That is fine. I totally understand. But that is not what is going on here.

When I asked him about his employment situation last night, he mentioned that his current temporary position may turn into something permanent but he isn’t sure he will take it because he “sees through the corporate BS.”

Okay….Well, I see through the BS too but I do what I have to do to get by and that means corporate life right now. I don’t have the option of living in a “family owned” unit if I want to stay in Chicago. A corporate job is how I keep a roof over my head, heat coming through the vents and food on my table. It is also the reason I am able to travel, go to the theater, eat out at restaurants with my friends and support nonprofit organizations with missions I am passionate about.

These things matter to me. I don’t want to give them up or work harder to pay for him to do these things with me because he cannot afford them on his own. And not because he can’t find a steady job, but because he doesn’t want to. A lack of motivation and drive to continually improve is such a no-go for me. My sister tells me I am too picky when it comes to dating but I am looking for a relationship where either party is able to pick the other one up when needed. I do not want to have to do all of the picking up.

Is that too much to ask for?

The Result

I had a really good time on our date. We said our good-byes and parted ways after the game. Before I went to bed, I sent him a message letting him know I got home and thanking him for a fun night. I also told him the truth. I am uncomfortable dating him right now due to his employment situation but I would be interested in being friends if he wanted to meet out for drinks and sports watching.

He sent me a message this morning declining the offer. He doesn’t want to be just friends so that is that. I appreciated his honesty and I hope he appreciated mine as well. I feel like we left things in a good place and I can move on in peace.

Who knows, maybe we will go out again in another two years?! Dating after forty is full of unexpected turns apparently so it could happen. I promise to remember him next time though.

For now, onto the next one.

Speaking of my love of going to the theater (as mentioned above), I wrote a post listing my favorite and least favorite Broadway shows of all time. You can check out that post here! You can also check out a letter I wrote to my younger self here.

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This is the profile picture I use for my Coffee Meets Bagel profile. And yes, that is a faux fireplace behind me. My team built it as part of our holiday decorations in December.

Jimmy Buffett in Concert

The Chicago summer is winding down and I’m busy trying to check everything off my “summer to-do list.” As I think over the list in my head, there is one activity that I didn’t do this summer that I have done almost every summer since 2002: Go to a Jimmy Buffett concert.

My first Jimmy Buffett concert was in 2002, the summer I first moved to Chicago. It was an impromptu decision to go. We made the decision to go late one afternoon and then some friends and I hopped on a bus leaving from a bar in Lincoln Park and away we went. So began a great tradition.

The only song of his that I knew when I went to that first concert was “Margaritaville.” But the thing about Jimmy Buffett concerts is that they really aren’t about the songs, they’re about the experience.

  • The people watching
  • The elaborate tailgates
  • The margaritas
  • The slip n slides
  • The ski shots
  • The inflatable parrots and sharks

By now, I think I can officially call myself a Parrothead. I know the words to most of his songs now. My favorite is “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.”

I saw him perform the first ever concert at Wrigley Field in 2005 and have seen him twice at Wrigley Field since then as well. I have seen him play at soccer fields in Bridgeview and in Frisco, TX and been to too many of his concerts at Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley Park to count. I’ve also seen him play in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin and in Las Vegas.

So much Jimmy Buffett!

It was fun to go back and relive so many great memories as I was gathering photos for this post. Lots of the memories made me smile and I can’t help but but be grateful to have had so many opportunities to go over the years.

2002

My first Jimmy Buffet concert. We are such babies in these photos. There are two things that are almost certain though:

  1. It’s not water in those cups
  2. Joe’s shirt is missing buttons, as was typical circa that time period.

2005

Buffett’s first show at Wrigley Field. We pre-partied at a friend’s house since you can’t really tailgate outside of Wrigley. The show was really fun though! We all look young here too!

2008

I cannot find photos from the concert in 2008 but I remember it well. The reason I remember it was because as was usual back then, we went to the venue without tickets. We figured we would just buy them there. Well, tickets ended up being really hard to find that night. Joe was finally able to get us tickets and then somehow between him buying the tickets and us going into the show, I lost it. Yeah, not a good situation. I deserved to be left in the parking lot. BUT, it all turned out okay. I had gone to the restroom and since I didn’t have pockets in the dress I was wearing, I put the ticket in my bra…and then promptly forgot about it. Ha! Oops! I remembered just as we got to the gate. Crisis averted.

2009

My sister, Amber, and my future sister in law, Beth, joined Joe and me for the concert this year. From the looks of the photos, it was REALLY HOT that day.

2012

Excuse the overexposed photo. We are so spoiled by nice cameras on our phones these days. I spent the afternoon watching Sara Watson play soccer in the northern suburbs and then drove down to Tinley Park to meet Joe and Rene for this concert. It was really warm that day too.

buffett with rene

2013

The worst Jimmy Buffett concert of the bunch I’ve been too! It was at Northerly Island right after that venue opened (the former Meigs Field airport for those who remember its demise). It had rained for several days before the concert and it was not just wet, but insanely muddy. Our feet were covered in it. Our flip flops kept getting stuck. The bathroom and beer lines were crazy long. And we couldn’t really see the stage or hear the music. It was a disaster. We left early and I have stood by my vow to never return to that venue. I think Mr. Buffett made the same vow as he hasn’t played there since.

Fun fact: The photo below was taken before the concert and is the last photo I have of myself before the tailgate of my dad’s truck crashed down on my head. It required stitches and left a nasty scar on my forehead. I think that happened the next weekend.

2015

I saw him perform twice in 2015 – once in Frisco, Texas with my cousin Deb and friend Jenny and then later in the year in Las Vegas with Joe and Chris. The Frisco show was fun. The show in Las Vegas was indoors, which I didn’t like. His shows are better outdoors. It just fits with his vibe better.

buffett in dallas

Las Vegas

2017

We went back to Wrigley Field in 2017, this time with my sister and our friend Meagan…and yes, this is the third one in a row in that same shirt. I guess I should have consulted prior photos before deciding what to wear?! We hung out with Joe and Chris at the bar before the concert.

2018

Joe and I met up with a bunch of his friends from the South Side for another concert at Wrigley Field in 2018. As you can see from the photos above, he and his wife, Chris, are my favorite Jimmy Buffett concert buddies. I have been going with him from the beginning and he is the reason I am a Parrothead today.

So which was my favorite?

That is way too hard for me to decide! There were so many great times and laughs throughout the years. I’ve loved all of them and I hope there are many more to come as well!

Want to keep reading? Check out a couple of my favorite posts – a Letter to My Younger Self and Adventures in Dating After 40.

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Jimmy Buffett at Wrigley Field

I’m Looking for a Bit of Inspiration

Millennium Park in Chicago

Do you have those days when you are looking for a bit of inspiration?

I was at a get together with some people I mostly didn’t know a few nights ago and I was telling a fellow attendee about a trip I’m taking in September. I’m going on the trip with a tour instead of going solo. It’s been a while since I’ve done that but I’m looking forward to it.

After I finished my comment, the fellow attendee said to me “So you’re not comfortable being alone then?”

I’m not going to lie – I was a little taken aback by that reply. His question didn’t make any sense to me. My response back to him was “I’ve lived alone for almost 15 years. I’m by myself many hours each day and I travel solo quite often as well. Trust me, I’m comfortable being alone.”

I can’t help but wonder why I can’t stop thinking about that comment and worse, why I’m letting it bother me? But before we judge, the guy was actually very nice and friendly. He and his wife are lovely. I think he just said something I wasn’t expecting.

Of course I WISH I wasn’t alone so much. If you had asked me 20 years ago what my life would be like right now, my current situation wouldn’t have been my answer.

However, it is what it is.

Overall, I’m doing pretty well. I have a job that’s steady and pays the bills. I’m blessed with amazing friends all over the world and I’m close to my family. I live in a great city and bought a small but perfect-for-me townhome a couple of years ago. I’ve managed to keep my dog alive for almost eight years now. I also get to do lots of fun things and travel often too.

But I know what’s missing, or at least what people think I’m missing. The truth is – I’m really bad at dating. I get bored or frustrated and lose interest really quickly. I end things so I don’t “waste my time.” And honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve met a guy who has a good job and is motivated with some hobbies who doesn’t live at home with his parents. True story.

My sister used to tell me all the time that I’m “too picky” but I’ve been privy to enough bad relationships to know I don’t want one of those. I also don’t want to have a baby on my own. So in the meantime, I’m just doing the solo life thing and trying to make the most of my alone time. Some days, I enjoy it more than others.

While I was home alone most of this past weekend, I worked on a blog post about Hawaii that I was going to publish today. It’s a decent post but it’s uninspiring to me right now, which is something I’ve struggled with a lot when it comes to this blog recently.

So I’ve decided to turn to you, my amazing readers. I am looking for a bit of inspiration. What kinds of things would you like me to write about? It can be anything – not just travel. What about me or my life intrigues you that you’d like to learn more about? Don’t be shy, anything is on the table. Leave a comment below or send me a message. I’d love to hear from you.

Subjects I’ve considered include…

  • Single life in the city and maybe even dating stories.
  • My never ending quest to find non toxic sunscreen that works well and skincare products that are gentle but effective (especially for my rosacea)
  • Tips for hosting and cooking for a party (many of which are from my mom who really is the hostess with the mostest)
  • What it’s like to be on the board of a nonprofit
  • How to find nonprofits that match your passions
  • Stories from my book club and/or cookbook club – and why you should have these in your life too!
  • My favorite books
  • What it was like to grow up on a farm

Of course I’ll still post lots of travel things too. I love telling those stories and hopefully, inspiring you to get out and travel on your own.

In the meantime, tell me what you want to read and know! Also, for all of you who are wondering, I’m heading to Croatia and Slovenia with Trafalgar in September. While most of the trip will be pretty structured with not a lot of free time, I’d love to hear your suggestions if you’ve been there and have them. I’d love to have excuses to sneak away and be comfortable on my own when I can.

Finally, while I haven’t been posting a lot lately, I am having a great summer. Check out a few of the highlights in the photos below.

My brother and his family (including the little cutie above) came to visit a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time they’ve brought their kids to Chicago and we had a great time going to the Shedd Aquarium and the beach!!
Stella has taken a lot of uncomfortable looking naps this summer.
I had my eyebrows colored. I thought they were too dark and that I looked like a freak as a result. But my friends disagreed so I kept them…and yes I know I’m about 20 years behind on this one. I should have been having them done all along.
I went to a really fun concert at Millennium Park. The Grant Park Orchestra did their “Envelope, Please” show that night.
I spent Memorial Day with a friend and this beauty and her husband at their lake house outside of Houston. We had a great time!

Want to read more? Check out my posts from my trip to Greece here and here.

The Best Broadway Shows

Several years ago, I was out with some friends and their friends. We were at a bar, talking and having a good time. The discussion turned to whatever the popular TV shows or movies were at the time and I zoned out, not interested in the conversation. I don’t watch much TV and usually fall asleep during movies. If you like to recite movie or TV quotes, unless it’s from “Friends,” “Big Bang Theory” or the prior day’s Cubs’ game, I’m going to look at you like you’re crazy.

One of the friends of friends started asking me about what shows I watch and when I told her I don’t really watch TV, she told me “you have no culture.”

I remember being taken aback when she said that. What? What does that even mean? Because I don’t watch TV, I lack “culture?” Again, what? I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes at her and said “Whatever, you don’t know me.”

Her comment crosses my mind from time to time because I look at my life and know that I am pretty well cultured. I have traveled all around the USA and to many different countries throughout the world. I have friends from all over the world as well. Visiting museums and going to concerts and sporting events are things I do often. I also love to go to live theater and I have had the opportunity to see several shows on Broadway in New York. However, most of the time, I see shows here in Chicago through Broadway in Chicago.

I would say that by now, I have seen 50 or so Broadway shows. Reading reviews before going to a show is something I try to avoid because I love to go in without preconceived notions so I can make my own opinions. Since I have been to so many shows, I thought you might be interested in knowing which are my favorites and which I thought were underwhelming. So here is my list of the best Broadway shows

Disclaimer: This list turned out to be longer than I planned but I love theater so I guess it shouldn’t surprise me.

The Best Broadway Shows

Musicals

  1. Wicked – This is the story of the witches from the Wizard of Oz. I saw it at least three times when it was here in its first run in Chicago and saw it again last year when it came back. I gasped the first time I saw the surprise at the end and officially decided I loved it then. It’s my favorite of all the shows I’ve seen. I HIGHLY recommend Wicked if you have the opportunity to go see it.
  2. Hamilton – I cannot do a list of the best Broadway shows and not mention Hamilton, right? Hamilton ranks second on my favorites list. It won 11 Tony Awards. I have also seen this show multiple time. A friend and I got to see Wayne Brady playing Aaron Burr the first time I was in the room where it happened. I thought the actress who played Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Aliza, stole the show. She has an amazing voice! Fun fact: JPMorgan Chase Bank owns the pistols used in the dual fight that killed Alexander Hamilton. They are housed in one of its NY offices.

    The Best Broadway Shows
    Kelley and me before seeing Hamilton for the first time.
  3. Mama Mia – I’ve seen this one in Chicago and also on Broadway in New York. I love the music – it’s all music from the band Abba if you don’t know. The play is better than the movie, although I love the movie too.
  4. Mary Poppins –The classic movie done live. This was a show I decided to go to on a whim by myself one night and I am so glad I did. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is the best musical number I’ve seen. I loved loved loved it!  I wanted to get up and sing along.
  5. Jersey Boys – This play is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. I also loved the music in this one and wanted to sing along because it included so much of the music I grew up listening to with my parents.
  6. Beauty and the Beast – This was the first show I say on Broadway in New York. It was so good – it felt like I was watching the Disney animated version.
  7. Aladdin – I saw this one in Chicago with my friend Kelley. The set and costumes were amazing! And the music was good too. The magic carpet flies – and I still wonder how they did it! I didn’t see any wires.
  8. Newsies – This is a musical based on the 1992 musical film Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City.
  9. Escape to Margaritaville – Okay, this one is definitely not for everyone. It is very cheesy. BUT, as a self declared Parrothead who has been to 15ish Jimmy Buffett concerts, I loved this one. I knew most of the music and loved singing along.
  10. Something Rotten – I also went into this one not knowing what to expect. While it wasn’t quite “The Play that Goes Wrong” funny, it was pretty close. I would recommend it. What I remember most about this show was going with a friend who was struggling through a break up. Hearing her laugh during this show was the best music to my ears.
  11. Once on this Island – A couple of friends and I decided to go to this show at the last minute and I am glad we did. The cast was entirely Black, which I loved. The costumes were great and the story was okay too.

Non-Musicals

  1. The Play that Goes Wrong – I had no idea what to expect when I went to this show and it ended up being the funniest show Broadway show I have seen. EVERYTHING goes wrong, according to plan. It was incredible! I laughed and gasped a lot in this one. I loved the lightness of this one for a change of pace.
  2. What the Constitution Means to Me – This one isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but as a political junkie and strong advocate for women’s rights, I really enjoyed it. This was part of a season ticket package and is one of the reasons why I like the packages. I probably wouldn’t have gone to see this one on its own. I really recommend it if political history and women’s rights are your thing.
  3. Oslo – This is the Tony award-winning play by J. T. Rogers, recounting the true-life, previously secret, back-channel negotiations in the development of the pivotal 1990s Oslo Peace Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. I remember the photos from when this happened but never knew the significance or the story behind it. This is a long play and is not a musical. But it is a good history lesson.

There are two shows that I hope to see sometime in 2021 or 2022, “Six” and “Come From Away.” My friends saw Six when it was at Navy Pier last summer and still rave about it. In “Six,” the “six wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power!”

“Come Away From” was also in Chicago last year. I missed it because my schedule wasn’t cooperative. Hopefully, it comes back in 2021 or 2022. If not, I may have to go to New York to check it out.

Now it’s your turn. What are the best Broadway shows in your opinion? Did I miss any? Tell me in the comments below.

To check out more from this blog, see my favorite memories from Jimmy Buffett concerts here and a Letter to My Younger Self here.

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The Best Broadway Shows