If fairy tales told the real truth about life…
~ Rapunzel would have been screaming the whole time someone was climbing up her hair
~ Snow White would have freaked out and yelled, “stranger danger!!” at the top of her lungs, rushing the little dwarf men back to her rescue even faster (and she NEVER would have eaten the apple in the first place)
~ 3 fairies we all know would have been thrown in the slammer for abduction of a princess
~ There wouldn’t be a big, blue fellow giving away 3 wishes. Aladdin would have had to use good ‘ol sweat and tears to get him to his final destination in the palace
~ Lions wouldn’t be talking… so we’d have to throw out that movie altogether
~ Cinderella… Cinderella is a toss up. Could it happen? Yes. Is it likely? No. To get it to the REAL truth about life, they should pick up the story and keep writing about it into the marriage (which actually I think they did for movies 2 and 3)…
We all grow up on these movies, thinking how nice it will be when our knight in shining armor comes and rescues us. We’d simply live happily ever after. That’s it. End of story.
However, if you’ve been married any length of time, you know that after just a small bit of time, you start thinking one of two things:
1) this isn’t what I thought it was going to be OR
2) what on earth have I gotten myself into
And if you have gotten really freaked out, you may even think, “where is the courthouse and how fast can we get there?”
Well, getting an annullment is not the answer. Realizing that the fairy tales only give you “feelings” will help you better understand what’s happening in your life.
Fairy tales aren’t reality. The stop very short of true life. They don’t include arguments with spouses. They don’t include children with learning disabilities. They certainly don’t include death and loss, because in the fairy tale, all you have to do is kiss the one “sleeping” and they come back to you.
Are there things we can learn from fairy tales then? You bet. They are full of love, support for others, good vs evil, etc. Are they going to show us what to expect out of life? No.
And it’s about time we think outside the fairy tale and realize that life is tough. It throws us curveballs around almost every bend. It’s what we do with those curveballs that determines the kind of life we live. It’s our reactions and responses to the unexpected that either tears us down or builds our character.
Honestly, I’m thankful to not be a fairy tale character. I wouldn’t know near the amount of things I do now. I wouldn’t have unconditional love, integrity, hope, belief, trust, faith, or the mindset that I do now.
They are fun stories. It’s nice to put on light entertainment to watch. That’s just it, though… entertainment. And your children need to know that. As they watch the fun fairy tales, they need encouragement to know about life, too. Teach them now the proper way to respond to struggles. Teach them to learn from negative AND positive things thrown along their path of life. Teach them to learn every second they get. Teach them to treat other people as they want to be treated. And above all, teach them love.
Not love tied to conditions.
Not love that leaves when it’s convenient.
True, unconditional love.
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Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE eBooklet Five Steps to Losing Those Last 10 Pounds today for simple steps to help you trim up and fit into those fashionable clothes you’ve always wanted to wear! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!