You’re Going to Make it After All

Lately I have been watching “The Mary Tyler Moore” show, an American sitcom from the 1970s. The premise of the show is of a single woman, played by Mary Tyler Moore, who moves to Minnesota because her boyfriend of two years did not want to get married and has started a new life with quirky friends and a fast-paced job at a news station.

The real reason that the show caught my attention was the theme song. The opening credits are serenaded by Sonny Curtis with a song called “Love is all Around”. I love the lyrics and found that even though they were written long before my time, that the theme is still current and is obviously universal. Here are the lyrics in their entirety:

Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to fake it.
You can have the town, why don’t you take it.
You’re gonna make it after all

How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big
And girl this time your all alone
But it’s time you started living
It’s time you let someone else do some giving

Love is all around, no need to fake it.
You can have the town, why don’t you take it.
You’re gonna make it after all,
You’re gonna make it after all

Your the one most likely to succeed
Just be sure to keep your head
Cause girl you know that’s all you need
Everyone around you adores you
Don’t give up the world is waiting for you

Love is all around, no need to waste it.
You can have the town, why don’t you take it.
You’re gonna make it after all,
You’re gonna make it after all

Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it.
You can have the town, why don’t you take it.
You’re gonna make it after all,
You’re gonna make it after all

At the end of the opening credits Mary Tyler Moore is smiling in the middle of a bustling crowd, heart full of adventure and joy, and she grabs the cap on her head and tosses it in the air. That toss gives me such hope. I, too, can see myself one day making it on my own. I am making it right now and that is pretty spectacular if you ask me. Even though I am in college, I face struggles and strife of different varieties than those found in the “real” world. Lengthy papers, exams, late night studying, break downs because of failures, screams of joy from triumphs, amazing professors, less than mediocre professors, biting nails, foreign languages, broken pencils, nearly missed deadlines, feeble group projects, tough courses, graduation deadlines, thesis writing, computer problems, running late into crowded, stuffy lecture halls, procrastinating… the list is as long as my arm.

If you asked me, I would say that my hat tossing moment is just around the corner, I am sure that yours is nearly here too.

Who can turn the world on with her smile?

You, darling can. Smile at yourself. Smile for no reason. Smile at strangers walking by. Smile at the woman that hands you your coffee at the local shop. Smile at your dog. Smile at the sky. Smile. It’s beautiful on you.

How will you make it on your own?

The world is awfully big, but isn’t that a grand idea? The greater the size of the world, the greater the size of your playground, the more room that you have to explore yourself, the greater chance you have to go on adventures.  A smaller world would create a sense of being closed off, stuffed tightly in a box, with no where to go, nothing to see, and slim things to learn. A grand world is scary. How beautiful.

Love is all around, no need to fake it.

Love is all around me. It may not be the passionate love of an Austen novel, but it is there and it is significant. There will come a time for you and for me to find our soul mates. Perhaps it will be tomorrow, perhaps it will be in thirty years, perhaps it will come once you have married, raised your children, and had your dearly depart from this world that you finally meet someone that makes you realize what true love is. Perhaps it will come if you take a large leap of faith in your job or your living whereabouts. Perhaps it will come when you gather the confidence to compliment a handsome stranger on his Dr. Who shirt in that beatnik used bookstore.

Everyone adores you.

You are loved and adored, more than you think. The fondness that people hold for you is special. You are thought of. Take a deep, insightful look into what others have done for you, no matter how small. People are reaching out to you because they see your worth, and they want you to share the worth that is your soul with them. Share. Give abundantly the pieces of your soul, they will regenerate. You will glow.

I take faith in the words crooned by Sonny Curtis,

I’m going to make it after all.

You were put on this earth and given breath because you have a purpose. You will reach that purpose one day. Perhaps you have already reached your purpose. Maybe it seemed so insignificant, your purpose, that you missed it happening. Maybe it will change your life forever. No matter where, when, why, or with whom you find your purpose, there is no way to fail it. It is your destiny. Your faith. It is you.

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