blue bells & fairy tales...
Like any little kid, I loved stories of far off places, of daring rescues, happily-ever-afters, and above all, magic. If I couldn’t find the right story to fit exactly what I was experiencing, I would write one. Come to think of it, “Once upon a time,” is always how it started, and “They lived happily-ever-after,” is always how it ended. I don’t think I could have been further from the truth. Not because it’s not a wonderful start, and a beautiful ending, I just sort of forgot to throw in all the magic that happens in between. And let me tell you, there is plenty more where that came from.
Only recently though, did I discover that there is more to the pages of your story than the beginning and the end, and getting from one to the other as quickly as possible. Sometimes I think that this world is full of expectations. And we have become so numb to hearing them, that we forget that just because it’s good for someone else, doesn’t mean it should work with us. And more importantly, that we should feel less than because we haven’t even come close to meeting what the world says we should be doing.
Believe me when I say, this is only a recent discovery, and is still something that I struggle with. I absolutely get it. But, I am learning to also get that “What are we here for if not to live our own fairy tale (Faery Tale by Signe Pike)?” A quote that I proudly wear on my arm, as a reminder to never give up hope in the path that you are on, and to always believe in the possibilities of impossible. Right behind the quote, on the backside of my arm lies a castle. No, it’s not Cinderella’s, and yes, it might just be Hogwarts, but that is besides the point. The point is that I have traveled through the woods, lured a time or two by a Big Bad Wolf, maybe tasted a bad apple, fallen down, gotten back up, but I am always rescued in my little, ivory tower, by none other than myself. And that my friends, is my true happy ending. So, I try not to worry so much these days about whether I am doing the right thing, at the right moment, because my story is my story, no one else's, and I am really starting to love all the magical twists and turns that mine is taking.
Photo Cred: Fellow blogger, and wonderful friend, Nicky Brattina of This Blissful Moment