Happily Ever After

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The Master Dreamer

Fans of Walt Disney Co. are thankful for many things: catchy songs, happy endings and the existence of Disneyworld. We’re especially thankful for the Disney princesses and the valuable lessons they’ve taught us. I recently read an article highlighting Walt Disney’s life and his extraordinary vision for film and animation. However, the writer thought that Walt Disney’s storylines glamorized fairy tales and provided unrealistic expectations about what it takes to have a successful relationship with someone.

Fortunately, I disagree with this view. Yes, fairytales are designed as fantasy — filled with magical characters and amazing outcomes — but it’s important to remember that fairytales represent our childhood innocence: the beliefs that helped us shape and mold our feelings about hope, kindness and love. In this issue of Capital Area Lifestyle Magazine, I will attempt to remind everyone about the power of “happily ever after.”

Say “No” to Relationship Advice

It’s normal for people to want to share experiences, and the advice works until you realize experienced people can have a biased view on love and personal connections; those thoughts usually have nothing to do with hope, kindness or love. I’d rather take my inspiration from “Snow White,” “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Even as imaginary stories, we know how good we felt after hearing their outcomes. I wonder if most of the advice that we give is inspired by the feel-good examples. If you decide to take relationship counseling from others, think about what storyline is driving the words being said. The direction should always lead you down the path of the best and brightest that life offers.

Once Upon a Time

I remember a time when things were easygoing and fun: When the greatest responsibility most children had was to get acceptable grades, keep a clean room and be a good person. But life can become tense and full of worry as we grow older.

Children are gullible but for good reason. They live without seeds of doubt and disappointment, which create cynicism. I believe that’s the beauty of the fairytale moments that Walt Disney tried to capture, reminding everyone of the times we were able to dream freely. Walt Disney once said the real trouble with the world is “too many people grow up.”

Common Phrases Used In Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales are usually stories that happened “a long time ago,” which is another reason I love reading them so much. These stories are written with familiar heroes/heroines and villains, plots such as finding true love and lessons like good prevailing over evil. I’m a sucker for a story that makes me feel like I can always win, as opposed to the world that makes me have realistic expectations and accept that evil has a good chance of winning, too


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