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Monday, January 23, 2012

Women and their Fairytales

The Eiffel Tower is one of the popular sites in Europe for suicides. For 120 years since the monument’s construction about 400 people killed themselves there, of which two survived the 171 feet drop from the first floor, one was blown onto a rafter by the wind and one young woman landed on the roof of a car.  After recovering from her injuries this woman married the owner of the car.

Fairy tales do exist!

Not all women dream of a fairy tale proposal, grand wedding then a happily ever after ending but most do. Men usually don't, unless you're Kurt from Glee.

Most men don't because they believe in despondent, depressing life after a fairy tale. Fear puts them off fulfilling that fairy-tale their lady expects.
Amazing photo series by Dina Goldstein.
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
Albert Einstein
The recent widely covered wedding of the era was of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Why? Because they were the epitome of a modern fairy-tale. She was a commoner while he was a Prince and after 8 long years, Kate who has been called waity-kaity mockingly met her fairy-tale end .

In Singapore, the pressure to marry has been great. We marry for HDB, we marry to get out of our parent's house. In fact, too often friends and families tell girls of marriageable age that if the guy doesn't propose after 2-3 years, he probably will never do so.

The royal couple did go on a break at some point (perhaps reassessing their relationship as he hasn't popped the questions), but instead of rushing for a suitable rebound to cut her losses (like most girls are known to do), she enjoyed being single- partying, dressing sexy and getting away on holidays.

If there is one thing to learn from fairy-tales, the female characters are usually characters of patience, perseverance and even confidence. Balancing modern and traditional, these fairy-tales that were created decades ago seemed to know what society 2.0 will be!

In today's world of instant gratification, self-indulgence and temptation galore, we won't wait out.
Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale of all.
Hans Christian Andersen
Being attached doesn't define us. Having an other half doesn't validate us. We remind ourselves of our fabulousness with heels and lingerie without letting our self doubt or criticism of others drag us down.

But still,
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
C.S. Lewis

There's a difference between a great love and the right love. There is no yard stick as to when to marry, or how long one should wait. Just know you deserve a fairy-tale, we all do. A prince in a fairy tale is a gallant man, the one who'll dare to put a ring on it.

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