Fairytales! Ah, half of our childhood was consumed with watching/reading Cinderella being treated as shit by her stepmother. Or Snow White eating the poisoned apple ,and thinking ‘No! Don’t eat that! Didn’t your parents ever teach you, not to eat anything strangers give you?’ (Yeah that was me) Mostly, we all girls want our own fairytale. We want a prince charming in his shiny armour, riding his royal white horse, who’ll come and sweep you off your feet. But, if you’re not a princess, you don’t deserve a prince, right?
Fairy tales give us an idea of life that we can only wish was true. They tell us life is full of happy endings, Prince charming, damsel in distress and things that are not true in real life. Maybe that’s why they are called ‘Fairy tales’, and not ‘Real tales’. Fairy tales are reel, not real. They are good for children, because they don’t need to know how exactly real life can turn out to be. Children are innocent, and so are some of the fairy tales .
They don’t only teach us happy endings, royalties and castles. There is more in them than what comes to our eyes. For example, Cinderella is not about Prince Charming finding his damsel in distress and living happily ever after. Cinderella was treated unfairly and unkindly, but her decision to remain kind and thoughtful was eventually rewarded. I mean, come on, she got her Prince Charming and a possibility of happily ever after. We could at least get a better life out of it, if we be kind too. Believe me, if not anything, it will at least live back a feeling of satisfaction within you.
Then there is The Little Mermaid, Ariel. This cute little red headed mermaid was my dream character when I was a kid. The tale of Ariel ,like most of the other fairy tales, ends with her getting her prince and happy ending. But she also shows bravery. She always had an urge for trying new things that were far outside her reach. Doing things outside our comfort zone can be hard. We humans create our own cocoon, also called as our ‘safe zone’. And doing something outside of it, can be hard, very hard. Ariel teaches us to try new things and venture outside our comfort zone once in a while. Although it can be scary, in the end it will make you proud of yourself and create new extended limits.
I think Little Red Riding Hood was one of the first tale we heard. This one do not consist of a prince charming (sadly) but it teaches us the importance of being careful, whom to trust, as well as to think critically. And in this modern era, where people as well as society are changing drastically everyday, it is very important whom we trust. It shows us the way to deal with people, society and not end up being shattered.
Fairy tales, which are mostly about things that usually don’t happen in reality can teach us one important lesson that can help us through thick and thin. No matter how bad the situation is, it always gets better in the end. Some may disagree with this, but its true. Even a minute ,microscopic thing can be better. You’ll notice the change. You know how its said ‘Everything gets better in the end. If it doesn’t, it’s not the end’.
So don’t be sad that you’re not/you don’t have a prince or princess and so you won’t have a fairy tale. We can always write our story and turn it into our own tale.
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