Why I Will Always Believe in Fairytales

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 Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Charlene who lived with her beautiful mother and playful little sister in the land of Saints and Scholars. Her loving father lived in a different kingdom, but adored his two little princesses and visited them as often as he could. Ever since she could remember, Charlene had loved reading. Her wise parents knew the importance of imagination and the joy it could bring. They favoured books over toys, and the turn of each page instilled hope, faith, and the thrill of adventure in their daughter. Every night before bed, Charlene would leave the real world and travel to a magical land of her choosing. Some nights it was Narnia, other nights it was Neverland. She followed Alice down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. She witnessed the trials and triumphs of Hansel & Gretel, Snow White, and Goldilocks in the Enchanted Forest. She sat with the Knights of the Round Table in Camelot and held her breath in anticipation during Robin Hood’s adventures in Sherwood Forest. She danced down the yellow brick toad to Oz ,and wondered exactly how many princesses lived in a Land Far Far Away! For it was in these magical lands where she met the characters who would end up shaping her into the person she would one day become. With each adventure she went on, she experienced something new. She knew that one day she too would have to face, challenge and overcome hardship, and that was ok, because once she did, she too would live happily ever after.

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Last night I watched the new live-action Cinderella. And it was magical. The feeling I had throughout the movie was that of seven year old Char. I was once again living in the fairtytale that I first read in one of my many beautifully illustrated books. The Disney animated movie had long been my favourite (until I saw The Little Mermaid – an under the sea game changer!), but I had always imagined Cinderella differently. I imagined her more life-like, less cartoon-like, but still with all the graceful, kind and gentle mannerisms that Disney had given her life with. The illustrations in my books were more authentic to me, and I spent hours caressing the pages in hope that the characters would suddenly spring to life. Lily James is the Cinderella that seven year old Char had been wishing for. Elegant, compassionate, gracious and tolerant – everything my childhood had wished for and more.

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Fairytales are an important part of the child and the grown-up

 Fairytales are just as important for adults as they are for children. As children we learn to believe, to love, to hope, to have courage and that good will always overcome evil. Fairytales teach us good morals and the difference between right and wrong. As children we learn this in theory, but as adults we have the opportunity to apply these invaluable lessons to our own lives.

Children and adults are not two separate things. One is simply an older version of the other. Children are meant to grow up and gain perspective. They are meant to develop and to understand the things that are not being said; to be able to read between the lines. Growing up does not mean that you lose your ability to wonder, and it definitely shouldn’t mean that you lose touch with your imagination.

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Fairytales not only offer lessons, but they function as an escape and consolation mechanism that is often needed more by adults than it is by children. Fairytales usually contain cruel themes and harsh reality, but they also represent hope and possibility.

For adults, it is often difficult to remain hopeful when faced with obstacles. Life doesn’t always feel like the fairy tale you’d like it to be. Sometimes life really sucks! But let me tell you a secret. The brain is the most powerful tool you have. Your life is a direct reflection of the thoughts that you have. Your mind creates your reality. If Cinderella chose to focus on how her evil stepmother was ruining her life, she probably wouldn’t have gone to the ball as her Fairy Godmother (a positive force) would have been pushed away by her negative thoughts. Instead, Cinderella remained positive in the face of evil, and made the best out of a miserable situation. She sent positive vibes to the universe and was rewarded. She got to go to the ball. She escaped the clutches of her step mother. She fell in love with the Prince, and most importantly, she lived happily ever after.

It is for these reasons that I believe in fairytales.

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While life can be trying sometimes and it feels like all hope is lost, I try to have courage, stay positive and to not to lose faith.

I have faith because I believe that good things happen to good people.

I have faith because I have learned, from both literary and real-life experiences, that with a little hard work and a glimmer of hope, there is no limit to what I can achieve.

I have faith because I believe in fairytales.

I have faith because I believe in happily ever after.

As Roald Dahl once said, those who do not believe in magic will never find it.

I’m not willing to take that risk, are you?

Charlene

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7 thoughts on “Why I Will Always Believe in Fairytales

  1. What a lovely post, Char. I agree wholeheartedly. Ultimately, despite hardships and cruelty, we are in charge of our own happiness, our own direction in life; I think fairy tales do have an exceptional way of showing how true that is.

    Also, I haven’t seen the new Cinderella movie yet, but reading this post made me even more eager to. Cinderella was my favorite Disney princess as a child, so I need to get around to seeing that movie!

    • Thank you, Britta. I have been rereading the Grimm’s Brother’s fairytales over the last few days with childlike glee. Hans Christian Andersen has to be my favourite storyteller though so I shall be moving onto him next. I fell in love with the Little Mermaid, the Ugly Duckling and Thumblina at a very young age.

      What are you waiting for?! Get yourself to a cinema, like, yesterday 😉 It truly is the most magical adaptation. If you like classical style music, you must invest in the soundtrack also. I have been playing it constantly in my car, in the kitchen, in my shower… the pieces are hauntingly beautiful.

      • I haven’t read the Grimm’s Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson extensively, but I really need to. I think I’d enjoy them quite a lot!
        Ah, I live in a small town with only one movie screen for the time being. The movie theater tends to get movies a few months after their initial release date unless they’re SUPER popular. I’ve been too busy with school lately to think about driving the hour it takes to get to the nearest city with a bigger theater…I’m determined to see it one of these days, though! Hearing you talk about it makes me want to see it even more!

  2. As a girl who always believes in happy endings and forever afters, this post spoke to me in so many ways. I’m so glad you dropped by my blog or I would have missed out on finding your space here. Have already read a few posts and can’t stop reading more. Love your style of writing. Its so wonderfully personal. XO Kritzy

    • Hi Kritzy! Thank you so much. This comment meant the world to me. There is so much to be said about believing in happy endings! Why dwell on the bad when you can just look forward to the good 🙂 At the end of the day, what have we got to lose?!
      I hope you’re having a happy Monday my fellow Gemini 😉 Xx

  3. I love this post so much!! I am yet to Cinderella but I want to SO much!!
    I absolutely love fairy tales. You are so right that adults and children are not separate things. I recently watch The Secret Life of 4 year Olds on Channel 4 and it was so interesting, the children seemed a lot older than I would have thought and had a lot more awareness about what was going on. Their interactions were just the same as adult interactions are (obviously done in a child like way) but you could really tell everyone’s personalities.

    Sarah xxx || http://www.whatsasssays.com

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