Too many times I have felt let down based on what I believed growing up my life was supposed to be like. Why do I have to work five days a week? Why is it so difficult to manage my money? Why don’t I have a huge trust fund or a rich uncle? Why haven’t I met my Prince Charming? Why isn’t my hair perfect? Why hasn’t some life changing event happened to me that has made me eternally happy?
I can tell you why.
My expectations of life have been based on Disney Princess movies and my parents telling me I can be anything I want to be. All I wanted to be when I grew up was a Princess who got to hang out in my mansion all day, sing what I’m doing in tune and have my Prince Charming come home from a long day and live happily ever after. I wouldn’t have to cook any meals because I would have butlers and chefs. I’d never have to leave the compound because everything I would ever need would be in my mansion and everyone and everything I wanted and needed would come to me. My closet would be filled with gorgeous expensive clothing from around the world. I would have children and only have to worry about playing with them and dressing them up because I would have nannies to do all the difficult tasks that go into raising children. Oh, and I would drink lots and lots of delicious wine.
Now that I’m in my mid-twenties I am starting to realize I’ve been lied to my entire life. Let’s get real, no animal is going to have conversations with you; not all mothers/stepmothers are evil and it’s not easy to become rich. ALSO, what I expect of out a man is completely unrealistic.
What’s the moral of this story? When I have a daughter and/or gay son I am going to let them watch these movies but I’ll give him/her a pep-talk afterwords. It will probably go something like:
“Honey, I want you to know that this movie is far from reality. I realize this isn’t fair, but that’s life. A more realistic ending would be Cinderella never got her glass slipper back, so she was out about $150 and had to work extra hours to pay her credit card bill either way. Finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with at 16-years-old is completely unrealistic if you want to be successful and be happy in the long run. At 16 you don’t know who you are. At 20 you don’t know who you are. She probably didn’t get in a serious relationship till she was about 28 and she most likely met him online. You will never have perfect hair or a clear complexion 100-percent of the time. She clearly had an animal hoarding issue, which we will discuss when you’re older. She was also obviously delusional since she thought she could talk and sing with a bunch of animals. You will never find someone to clean your house and take care of you for free. She had to get a full-time job once she moved out of her stepmother’s house and she never lived in a mansion ever again. It’s safe to say Cinderella didn’t get the life she wanted. You can dream to be whatever you want to be, and I’ll support you. But let’s be realistic. Maybe you should be a Doctor or a Lawyer since Princess is not a real occupation. Any questions?”
I hope you all have this conversation with all of your future child as I am completely disappointed with the outcome of not being a Princess.