As a little girl, we grow up on fairytales. Starting from, “Once upon a time,” to “happily ever after”, we all wish for our prince charming to sweep us off our feet, and love us forever and ever.
Reality is, life doesn’t really happen that way. Actually, the original version of fairytales written by the Grim Brothers are not so happily ever after. Disney, changed most endings, making them more commercially acceptable. For example, in the ‘Little Mermaid’, the princess does not end up with the prince, he actually marries someone else, and she is stuck as a bubble for eternity. Now this version I can relate to.
Do you think it is better to protect children from reality? Somehow this belief created by unrealistic ‘fairytales’ , has shaped my understanding of what is happily ever after. I wanted the prince, a person who would rescue me from my problems. This is incorrect, no on can rescue you from your problems. There is a level of work, you must accomplish, and simply being, pretty and sweet, just wont cut it. It is also never documented in fairytales, the struggle for all women to find, the right one. It seems all these pretty princess, are discovered on the first shot, and poof, happily ever after. This false idea, fills the brain of billions of little girls who feel they will never find love, because they have failed over several times. If fairytales, have such a powerful impact on a little girls ideals on life, perhaps it would benefit them to hear something true. Happily ever after does exist, but it is not an easy process. In fact, I believe it is only over a whole life time, can you look back and say, it was happily ever after.