You’ll Smile Again


You’ll Smile Again

I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Spike Lee, but I have watched a handful of his movies (most of which I saw while I was in college). I took a film class during my sophomore year, and one of the films that we watched was She Gotta Have It. To this day, I only remember it vaguely. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t like it enough to watch it again. That’s why when Netflix came out with a series based on the characters from the original film, I didn’t think that I would watch it. However, like many of us, I can be swayed by good reviews. I heard that people enjoyed it so I started dancing around with the idea of giving it a chance. In the end, the fact that Anthony Ramos was one of the main characters was what I needed to tip the scales in favor of starting the series. I love all things Hamilton, so when someone associated with the production has a role in something else, I try to support them. So, I gave it a shot.

After I got through with the first season, I wasn’t really impressed with it. Once again, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. So when I heard that it had been renewed for another season I wasn’t exactly thrilled. It’s really hard for me to stop watching a series, even if I don’t like it because I feel like I need to stick with it since I invested my time in it. This is especially the case for shows that Black people have a hand in creating and/or directing. That’s why when season 2 came out this summer, I watched it. But this time around, I was more impressed. I don’t know what changed in me from this summer to last summer, but for some reason it resonated with me more. I found myself nodding my head in approval and understanding with many of the issues that the characters discussed. There was one moment in particular that really stayed with me.

During the end of one of the episodes, Mars (played by Anthony Ramos) sings a song that he wrote. My sister happened to watch this episode before me, so she had already told me how much she enjoyed this moment. That’s why I was particularly looking forward to seeing and hearing what the song was all about. The piece is called “Cry today, Smile Tomorrow.” The song basically talks about how he goes through bad moments in his life, but he doesn’t let them bring him down. And I know that bad moments are something that we all deal with.

Nobody’s life is perfect. We all have hardships, but we don’t have to let the troubled times ruin us. We can choose to face the issues head on. And it won’t be easy. It’ll be far from it, but we have to deal with them if we want to see better days. During those days when we’re in the thick of it, you’re probably going to want to cry. And that’s okay. You’re not Superman or Superwoman. You can let those tears fall. But as each one rolls down your face, just know that you will see better days. You’ll eventually have moments when you can’t help but smile. All of the heartache that you experienced in the past will seem like a distant memory to you, but in order to get there you have to keep going forward. You need to hold on so that you can finally reach a place where you can overcome them and move to a different place that you actually want to be.

The song also talks about how important friends are in these moments. When you’re down and out, be thankful for those people around you who choose to help you and lift you up. Never take these individuals for granted, and hold on to them when you feel like you can’t move on anymore. Use their uplifting vibes to help you feel better and to give you the boost that you need to keep moving.

And ultimately…

Remember, positive thinker, there’s a purpose for your pain. You’re not going through this just because. You only need to be open to finding the reason why your heart aches. And once you find it, you can use it to help bring you out of that misery so that you can finally start to smile again.