Fairy Tales in life

Sometimes the fairy tale stories we dreamed of living don’t always turn out the way we wanted or expected. Sometimes what you wish for turns out to be what you didn’t want and what you truly want isn’t what you wished for. Dreams of a grand castle and parties and princes turns into a nightmare full of emptiness and loneliness. Hopes of beauty and youth come with consequences that sometimes become irreversible and dangerous. Desires for adventure and excitement can lead you down a path that is dark and dim and full of wolves waiting to devour those who wander down those paths. In fairy tales we see and read about, we often only see the happily ever after but in missing the reality of life after the happily ever after, we are caught up in a world of dreams and wishes that don’t come true or crumble around us when the “happily” part of the ever after fades away. But, sometimes we need those fairy tales to give us the hope that there is good and happiness in the world and that the bleakness in this world isn’t all that bad.

If any of you reading this know me, you know that I love stories, especially fairy tales, and I love it when those stories are told well either through words on a page or through actors on the stage or film. Something you may or may not know about me is that I also love finding the similarities in those stories to life and love to see those comparisons come to life in a real and wonderful way. Theatre is, after all, a reflection of life. But I would go one step further to say that stories in general are a reflection of life. That’s why we tell them. To share our life’s journey with others that they may fare better on the journey or be encouraged when their story seems to be in a tail spin.

There are a couple of movies that have come out in the past few months, both fairy tales (of course ☺ ) that have come at a much needed time in my life. “Into the Woods” and “Cinderella” were both filled with stories that were well-written and well-told. I love “Into the Woods”, one because I’m a complete theatre geek and it is brilliant, but the main reason I love it is the story, or rather stories, it tells. It paints the picture of a journey that must be taken into the woods to retrieve what the characters need to fulfill their wishes. It is not an easy journey but on this journey, each character learns many things about themselves and about the world. They all get their seeming happy ever afters but what they thought they wanted isn’t always what it seemed and when the light becomes dim and the way becomes dark, their tales take a different twist. The light of reality almost shines brighter in the dimness of their crumbling tales and makes them realize a lot what they wished for isn’t what they wanted but they are all better for the journey they had to take. As I said, I love this story because it is such a reflection of life and the journeys we have to take sometimes into the woods. Some of you know some of the things that have been going on recently in my life and I admit I have felt very much like I am in the midst of my journey through the woods. I’ve wished a lot of things throughout my life and sometimes the most disappointing thing is to find that when you get the thing you wished for the most and went on a journey into the woods to get, it’s the one thing that you don’t really want. You feel like you have been left with a crumbling dream that turns into a nightmare. But, that nightmare isn’t the end of your journey, but simply something you must go through to truly discover who you are and what it is you truly wish for. I love the words of the (almost) final song.
“Careful the things you say, Children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see and learn. Guide them along the way, children will glisten. Children will look to you for which way to turn, to learn what to be. Careful before you say, listen to me, children will listen.
Careful the wish you make, wishes are children. Careful the path you take, wishes come true. No free. Careful the spell you cast, not just on children. Sometimes the spell you cast, not just on children. Sometimes the spell may last past what you can see, and turn against you. Careful the tale you tell, that is the spell. Children will listen.”


SO many things in this show and song!! But, I digress. With things going on in my life, I felt I was in the midst of the darkest part of the woods in my story. I was losing site of the fairy tale God was, and is, writing with my life and getting caught up in the trap of the woods and believing that the fairy tales we dream of living were much like the stories told in “Into the Woods,” full of holes and the reality of not-so-happily ever afters. But, I love how God works in our lives at times. Just when times seem bleakest, He blesses us with a little ray of sunshine that reminds us of the happy part of the fairy tales we’re living and I found that glimmer of hope in the new “Cinderella” movie that recently came out in theatres. The story is well-known, but the telling of it was beautiful and added a reality and depth to the story that I never expected. It reminded me over and over again that fairy tales can still have happy moments and happy endings and not to give up on the fairy tale God is writing with my life. The song that was played during the end credits really hit home with me, so, because I am not only a theatre geek, I am a music nerd and lyric junkie, I am going to share them, in hopes that they help you on your journey through the woods as well. (and if you haven’t seen either of these films, GO SEE THEM!!!!)


“In a perfect storybook, the world is brave and good.
A hero takes your hand, a sweet love will follow
But life’s a different game, the sorrow and the pain
Only you can change your world tomorrow.

Let your smile light up the sky,
Keep your spirit soaring high
Trust in your heart and your sun shines forever and ever
I believe in you and me
We are strong

When it “once upon a time” in stories and rhyme
A moment you can shine and wear your own crown
Be the one that rescues you
Through the clouds, you’ll see the blue

A bird alone on the wind
Can still be strong and sing

Let your smile light up the sky,
Keep your spirit soaring high
Trust in your heart and your sun shines forever and ever
I believe in you and me
We are strong


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