I don’t know that I believe too much in some idealized happily ever after. It lays within the responsibility of the individual to take life and make their own ‘happily ever after’. It’s the nature of humans to never be satisfied with even the most comfortable and abundant of lifestyles. You can give a man or woman everything, and yet they still always want more.
Happily ever after shouldn’t be some sort of anaesthetized complacency with everyone and everything in your life. It’s a disservice we do to children when we tell them faerie tales and close the telling with the phrase, “and they lived happily ever after”. People forget that those tales were crafted to teach children (and often times adults, too) The real stories, real Faerie tales and folklore were and are far more brutal, more stark and realistic when referring to those realms I call my home. These were meant to equip a young person for life, rather than serve as a form of escapism for the minds of children.
Happy is truly to be satisfied that life is full of challenges and opportunities and those two things come in many forms. To quote a
very good friend a valuable ally of mine;
“No one deserves to get a happy ending handed to them on a silver platter, and those who think they do need the harshest form of reality lesson.”
I could not agree more.
My happily ever after is to have the freedom to make my life whatever I Will it to be, and I already have that ability to make it such. If not me, whom? If not now, when?
Muse: Fanny Fae
Fandom: Original character / fiction