“Someday I’ll find my love, someone to call my own.” `Snow White
The great Walt Disney is no doubt one of the most romantic men to have ever lived. However, he understood that no matter how great the love, no true love story will ever be perfect.
When you really think about it, all fairy tales have something that the characters had to overcome to find and be with their true love.
Cinderella had to escape the prison of her home for one night, just to meet the love of her life. Prince Charming had to search a whole kingdom to find his love, after being left with only a single glass slipper as a clue. Who does that? People in love, that’s who.
Snow White was born beautiful. She was hated by her step mother, who eventually made it her mission to kill poor snow. In the story, Snow falls into a deep slumber after taking a bite out of an apple, poisoned by her wicked stepmother. She is in a coffin when her prince finds her. The prince falls in love with her, a dead girl. He kisses her ruby-red lips, she wakes up, and they live happily ever after. How do you fall in love with a dead person? Zombie love….it happens.
Belle from Beauty and the Beast The problem here is obvious. Belle is a beautiful girl, and the Prince is a beast. He also happens to be a jerk. Belle somehow eventually sees the real man inside the beast, and with her love and understanding he becomes the prince that he always was on the inside. That is what real love does, it makes you be the best version of yourself. The prince found someone who loved him at his very worst, and that isn’t a fairy tale, that is what real love is. Isn’t true love all about finding a person that loves you just as you are?
The point that I am trying to make here is that nothing is perfect. Some of us may have these idealistic pictures in our head, of what our life SHOULD look like. Whether it is the idea of the type of person we see ourselves with, the career we planned to have, or the place we thought we would live. Sometimes we let these fairy tale ideas, keep us from realizing our happily ever after.
You may have always pictured yourself falling in love with a Prince. A Prince with a huge castle, several carriages, and no Cinderella or Snow White to look after. Your love story may be with the handsome, slightly poor, but extremely brave knight. Are you letting the idea of a perfect Prince keep you from being with the person you are meant to be with?
You may have pictured yourself being a successful doctor. Your entire education was geared toward that goal. BOOM……. you realize that you are completely terrified and nauseated at the sight of blood. Do you let the dream of being a doctor overshadow the fact that you have a great career, as a mechanic? Do you let a failed dream keep you from happiness?
Maybe all you ever wanted was to live somewhere exciting. New York, Paris, Rome, even somewhere like freaking Dubai…that was the image in your head of your future glamorous life. Do you let disappointment over childhood dreams make you forget that you have a pretty amazing life right here in the middle of nowhere? I know I do.
Life may not always turn out the way that we plan, and that is okay.
The best relationships, friendships, and yes…..even love stories, all happen when you least expect them to.
Do not let the idea of your life, keep you from realizing what you have, and being grateful for it.
No matter where you are in life, there are a few things that are true for each and every one of us…..
Every day is a gift, don’t waste it with regret. We aren’t promised that it will be a perfect story, or even a long one. Make sure you enjoy the entire book, not just a few chapters.
Trust the timing of your life. You may not have found your princess yet, but that is because you haven’t made it to that part of your story. Keep reading, you will get there exactly when you are meant to. You can’t rush love, but you can enjoy life while you’re waiting.
This is a beautiful life.
Your story is a beautiful one.
Don’t let your idea of a fairy tale, keep you from living your happily ever after.