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Some seem to forget fairy tales aren't realPosted Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 11:21 AM
I think our society sometimes forgets that fairy tales aren't real.
Snow White lived with seven grungy men with a variety of psychological and physical disorders, and she was asleep when she got her prince.
Cinderella lived with a hateful family and spent most of her time cleaning and covered in soot, but she got her prince.
Mila Kunis had to sort through an array of twisted emotions in an overdone story line, but she got Justin Timberlake (and a flash mob!) in the end.
These fictional characters are engraved in our minds during every walk of life, and forces most of us to believe this is what our futures will be like.
We spend hours as little girls imaging what our prince will look like, planning our future weddings and telling our friends how we will treat our future children.
Then when most of us become adults we are forced wonder, "Wait, where is my prince? Shouldn't he have been here by now on his noble steed?"
The hardest part of the relationship is in the beginning when he really does treat you like you are a princess. He places you up on this metaphorical pedestal, and makes you feel like royalty.
That shining armor you thought you saw usually just turns out to be aluminum foil blinding you in the sun.
It seems like most women think they need this prince to go on in life. Who else is going to hold your hand at work and family functions?
Trying to find your "prince" can be tricky because you have to determine the difference between what you see, and what you get.
Girls are told getting married and having children are the norm because that is what our grandparents did.
The good news is we live in a different world now, where women can work and provide for themselves.
Marilyn Monroe said it best in her biography, "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
An older woman once told me she thought her calling was to be barefoot in the kitchen with a baby on our hip. I was baffled.
I like being an independent woman with a job that I love. That's not saying I don't want to get married or want kids, but I definitely do not want to jump into a marriage because everyone else says I should.
Reading fairy tales are interesting when you are a child, but adulthood means moving onto Stephen King and Fern Michaels novels.
They aren't any more realistic, but they don't feed our desire for false promises.
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