Inspirational Jam: “W.A.Y.S.”-Jhené Aiko

At forty-four minutes to four, an angel walked up to my door…opened the windows to my soul. Told me he thinks that I should know life only gets harder but you gotta get stronger…”

W.A.Y.S.” by Jhené Aiko is such a beautiful song. I used to listen to it all the time when I was struggling with where I was in life a few years ago. I pray that posting it as an Inspirational Jam will bring someone hope and motivation.

The acronym W.A.Y.S. stands for “Why Aren’t You Smiling,” which was the phrase that the singer’s brother Miyagi would use as he battled cancer. He eventually passed away and this song became a tribute to him. It also details Jhené’s own struggles as she works on growing in her career and personal life. In the midst of the hardships, she pushes on for her brother and daughter, and remembers to hold her head up and smile at the good things happening. She also realizes that everything she is going through, good and bad, are lessons for her to utilize in life and pass on to others.

This song is a reminder that life isn’t just about one moment, good or bad. There are lessons to be learned but also memories to be made. In spite of what may be happening around you, you still have to find a way to keep living. I know this all too well.

Take a listen to the song below!

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