I am Mary Jane: Being Mary Jane and the Science of Serial Disappointment

Soooo… I’ve never seen Being Mary Jane. At all.
Until tonight.
I am in tears. My eyes started welling up at the end of the very first episode.

I’m so sick of men… Seriously.

I have had the craziest week. I have so many stories I can’t even begin the process of the act of writing them down.

I’m sitting here trying to figure out why I started crying and I think it’s that I know how she feels. I know that feeling of wanting something so much and feeling happy about it only to find out you were so damn wrong about the situation you’ve invested all this time and energy in… It’s heartbreaking. And you don’t immediately heal or deal JUST because you are a strong black woman. Or smart. Or capable. Or sane. My potential and capacity for a true and loving relationship is so warped due to this cracked, faded and broken heart.

Why is this so hard? Why? Love is not supposed to be hard. I know this. I’ve never really witnessed it, but I know it. I can’t count how many times I’ve been Mary Jane. Caught up in a whirlwind of laughter and ease and good sex and pillow talk and comfort… For days or weeks or months at a time. Then one day, it dissipates, vanishes. And all the assurances you give yourself, all the things you do to build yourself up to believe that finally, this time, this man, this love, will be the one… It all comes crashing down. Our hearts and psyches are not built for this. The continuous rise and fall of these relationships create such a dysfunctional framework for this shaky, fragile foundation.

My tears are not solely for this fictitious Mary Jane.
I am crying for the “Mary Jane” in me as well.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. I cried too. I was Mary Jane and I believe at one point or the other, us women, (if we’re honest with ourselves) have been her.


    1. I agree. I think too many of us distance ourselves from Mary Jane because of the adultery. But in just exploring MJ as a woman seeking love and validation and acceptance and success, we are ALL Mary Jane.

      Thanks for commenting!


  2. kia says:

    Thanks so much for this. I felt disconnected from her love story. I glad others relate, gives me a different perspective. I will say I was all in the first 3 episodes. This last one, I will admit, I only time in for the cast and great music.


  3. I truly appreciate your candor and passion, Sis. Your spirit is AMAZING!


    1. Thank you love… Please keep reading!


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