*part 20 in a series about life…for Grace…based on an actual puzzle*
Sorry some of the circles are impossible to read in the picture. They’re hard to read in reality, too. ;)
Oh, the puzzle is really getting into some icky territory this week with all sorts of things that I think are pretty goofy. ;) Today, Puzzle of Life tells us to Live Happily Ever After.
That makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.
“Live happily ever after” is part of fairy tales. You know the thing about fairy tales? They’re not real. They’re not meant to be real. Fairies? Not real. Tales? A word that specifically indicates a made up story. Not. Real.
No one will carry you off into the sunset to a life that has no worry or sadness or anger. You can’t even do that for yourself.
You can, of course, choose happiness for all the rest of your life (like we talked about in a previous post). You can be ever-grateful and aware of the fabulous people and events and things in your life. You can make the choice to see the events of your life unfold under a positive light.
But…live happily ever after..like in the fairy tale sense?
That’s not really a thing that happens here on the planet where I live. Even if you choose happiness (and, oh, I hope you do), that doesn’t mean a perpetual state of bliss until the day you die. No, even happy people have bad days. Happy people experience loss and sadness and anger and disappointment.
Don’t believe the fairy tale hype…it’ll just set you up to believe that you’ve failed in some way if you’re not bright-as-the-sunshine, joyously happy to be slurping in air every moment of every day.
In my opinion, this bit of “advice” is another example of the sayings tossed around that are pretty much meaningless and just create a crazy pressure to live this glowing, perfect, and unattainable life…and a sense of failure if you don’t attain the unattainable.
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Want to keep up with the whole series? I made a page for that! ;)
What do you think? Is “Live Happily Ever After” a realistic thing to aim for? Should we be kicking ourselves if we’re not currently in the midst of the “happily ever after” portion of our lives? What does it even mean to live happily ever after? Should all Disney-type movies be thrown in the trash for teaching us to expect this kind of thing? ;)