Monday, April 11, 2005

Happily Ever After? I Don't Think So

"Cinderella and the prince
lived, they say, happily ever after,
like two dolls in a museum case
never bothered by diapers or dust,
never arguing over the timing of an egg,
never telling the same story twice,
never getting a middle-aged spread,
their darling smiles pasted on for eternity."

We spend so much of our lives obsessed with reaching the next level - whatever that level may be. We spend so much time worrying about getting to the point where we can live happily ever after, that we forget that there is no happily ever after. There is no riding-off-into-the-sunset happiness. There is just life, and life is not perfect nor is it easy. Life requires hard work and challenges and struggling. And in order to survive, you have to get a little dirty, break a nail or two, shed a tear. And if you make it and have become a better person for it, then you have succeeded. But that still doesn't mean you get to live happily ever after; it just means you're ready for the next challenge.

4 Comments:

At 4/11/05, 4:31 PM, Blogger LostSpirit said...

Very true, we seem to be caught up on working for a better future, regretting the past, and in the process missing the present. If only we would some times pause for a moment and look around us and see that most the things that matter most to us are right there in front of our eyes.

 
At 4/11/05, 6:57 PM, Blogger Devorah said...

Then again, how are you defining "happiness" ??

 
At 4/11/05, 7:02 PM, Blogger Eli7 said...

Happiness in the swept-off-your-feet, glazed-over eyes, smile-pasted-on-for-eternity sense. I think you can be happy and I think you can lead a happy life. I just don't think there's such a thing as "happily ever after" where everything is perfect and there are never any struggles or hardships or challenges. And if such a thing did exist, it would be awfully boring.

 
At 4/13/05, 11:18 AM, Blogger Stx said...

Wow dear, I love your writing!

And how true...

 

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