Who doesn’t wish they lived in a Fairy Tale?
Which of the following is closest to your ideal you?
- Prince Charming
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow White
- The Beast
- The Frog Prince
- One of the Bears
There are lot more options than you think. Here is Wikipedia’s List of Fairy Tales. Take a look and pick one or a few. I’ll wait!
How about if we expand the options to include Legendary and Storybook Heroes like Robin Hood or Gandalf, King Arthur or Merlin? These are figures that were crafted by the storytellers of old to embody the character traits they wanted to embed in their children. To excite the imagination, to thrill the soul, to inspire longing or challenge a belief. To make us think about the issues that really, truly matter.
- Should the princess kiss the frog?
- Should the Prince risk his life to help the old woman?
- Is it ok to steal from the rich to give to the poor?
- Is beauty skin deep, or is real beauty much deeper and harder to spot?
- How hot do you like your porridge?
Have you ever wished you could live in a fairy tale? Kiss the princess, dance with the prince, explore strange new lands and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before (why can’t I consider Star Trek to be a fairy tale, it’s certainly fanciful enough.)
I think the real question is “Why Not?”. It’s a dangerous question, you should be careful. As long as you hide behind your shield of “I can’t, because…” or under the rock of “They won’t let me…” you’re safe. You don’t have to risk living in a fairy tale. You don’t have to risk living an adventurous life. You can safely go to your job every day, watch TV all night, and complain about everything can’t do with your life.
Once you start asking “Why Not”, everything starts to change. It’s a hard question to answer, especially since most of the reasons aren’t as solid and immutable as you might think before you ask.
- Why not travel the world?
- Why not rescue a maiden who’s starving in a refugee camp?
- Why not inspire a little boy to become more than is expected?
- Why not teach someone a skill that will change their whole life?
- Why not _____ ?
Most people choose unhappiness over uncertainty.
Fairy tales aren’t about certainty and that’s why they’re awesome! We never know what will happen until the end of the story. We have our hopes, we have our dreams, but nothing is certain. What happens when you’re riding around in a big pumpkin and the clock approaches midnight? What happens when you find a talking frog? You never know for sure until you leap.
Risks aren’t nearly as scary after you take them.
I don’t know about you, but I want a fairy tale life. Something that doesn’t fit in the little box of ordinary. I only have one life to live, once it’s over, I’m done. So why not make it grand?
If we define risk as an irreversible, negative outcome, how is inaction not the greatest possible risk?