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We often complain that good TV is dead- leaving us with reality shows which negatively portray us and fail to take on the issues facing society today. But thanks to Queen Sugar there is hope!
In my opinion, Queen Sugar revives good TV by tackling important issues in a manner that keeps us woke while also teaching us the value of family, hard work, perseverance, and second chances.
Golden Nuggets and Life Lessons
It’s the intimate conversations and moments of awakening captured in the show that dispense gold nuggets we can translate into life lessons. In Season 2, Episode 4, “My Soul’s High Song,” Ava DuVernay, yet again, demonstrates this point.
Near the middle of the episode, Hollywood and Aunt Vi share an intimate moment where Aunt Vi gets transparent about her fears.
It all starts with Hollywood encouraging Aunt Vi to develop dreams beyond managing the old diner where she started as a waitress. Hollywood sees Vi’s potential to capitalize on her baking skills by starting up her own business.
After some gentle nudging, Vi decides it’s worth a try. But it isn’t long before she’s disappointed by a few no’s and gets down on herself about not having what it takes.
Hollywood comes in on Vi moping around, too discouraged to even get out of bed. She lays out all the reasons why launching the baking business was a bad idea.
But it doesn’t take long for Hollywood to intervene with encouraging words that motivate Vi to lick her wounds and try again. The scene distinctly ends with Hollywood inserting, ” We ain’t too old to get ours.”
We Ain’t too Old to Get Ours
I mean, if you’re not queuing the organ player and passing the offering bucket with a shout in your spirit right now, I’m not sure what else in life can get you there.
“We ain’t to old to get ours.”
Those seven words were enough to motivate me to do more, and Hollywood wasn’t even specifically talking to me.
Regardless, his statement is true for each of us.
I’m Getting Mine
Gosh, when I think about it, we start counting ourselves out pretty early based on our age. I was only 22 when I started talking myself out of law school because I would be 27 before I graduated. And to me, by 27 , I would be way too old to JUST be starting my career.
I mean for goodness sake, By the time I hit 27, I envisioned my friends being in the workforce years ahead of me. They would be more established. They would have more life experiences. And I would be too old to ever catch up.
Fast forward to 29, and I’d say it didn’t take me long to level up after law school graduation. Sure my friends did a lot of the things I envisioned they’d do, but along the way, I knocked out some goals and ended up right next to them- ready to move on to bigger and better feats together.
How many times do we tell ourselves we can’t because we are too old or going to be too old before that dream of ours comes to fruition? And who the heck made that a thing?!
At the end of the day, there is no such thing as too old. There is no reason that we should let dreams die with us all because we think our time has passed.
So long as there is breath in our bodies, we still have time. We can still be great. We can still change our lives for the better.
Mom Got Hers
My mom started college many moons ago then stopped because life happened. Despite it all, she ultimately became the mother of three girls each of which graduated from college.
And Ma didn’t do too bad herself. She starting with the humblest beginnings as a hospital cafeteria lady. Yet somehow, mom eventually working her way up to assistant vice president of a bank.
Nonetheless, she carried with her the regret of not finishing college until one day she just up and decided to do it.
There she was a fifty-something non-traditional student prepping for group presentations and staying up late nights to study- all because she had a dream. I watched her put in the work and even make friends with other students. These moments made me proud to be her daughter. Mom went after what she wanted without saying she was too old or letting perception impede on her dream.
A few have been bold enough to question her decision to go back to school. I always reply, “She did it because she wanted to. Isn’t that all that really matters in the big scheme of things?”
Get Yours, Ya Heard Me?!
Then there’s you. You’re out there settling. Holding back on everything you could be all because you think your window of opportunity has passed. But you’re wrong.
Your window never passes or closes or somehow gets shattered. It’s you who chooses whether you go through your window or whether you keep casually staring at it stating all the silly what ifs.
Hollywood’s philosophy should be adopted by all of us. We can literally be anything and do anything we decide is worth doing. I guess the major question is whether you believe it’s worth doing. If it’s not worth it- fine.
Otherwise, throw out your excuses, and put your work boots on. We’ve got things to do.
And at the end of the day, “we ain’t to old to get ours.”