Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella premiered this week and it got me to thinking about the lessons that this (my favorite) fairytale taught me as a child and how those lessons apply to my adult life.
Here are some of the lessons:
- Good will always triumph. It doesn’t matter how bleak life is. If you continue to live with hope and kindness at your core, you will eventually overcome the evil around you.
- Losing your shoe isn’t a tragedy. We place too much importance in material possessions, sometimes letting these objects go can lead us to greater happiness.
- There’s nothing wrong with wanting a night off to have a good time. Cinderella just wanted to wear a pretty dress and go to a party. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG ABOUT THAT. I personally think we all need to dress up and go out more, you never know when it will lead you to your Prince Charming (or a promotion, new friendships, lasting memories…it’s not all about finding a man after all).
- Leave a little mystery. Too many women today reveal too much about themselves on the first date. Cinderella knew that not letting the prince know everything about her was a smart idea, plus making a quick exit in time for curfew (or Game of Thrones, we ARE adults after all) is nothing to be ashamed of.
- Life is not fair. It just isn’t, but good always comes from bad.
- Choose to remain kind. Cinderella could have become bitter and hard, but then she would be exactly like her stepfamily. She instead taught us that even though we’re surrounded by bad behavior, we can hold ourselves to a higher standard.
- Never chase after a man. Let him chase you, you’re worth being pursued and wooed.
- Be accepting of where you are, but willing to move on to something bigger and better. Cinderella accepted the circumstances of her life, but when the opportunity came for her to become a princess she didn’t question whether or not she was worthy or ready, she took her chance.
- Never ever give up hope. There is always a chance that you’ll be the one that fate (or the prince) chooses to smile upon.