Katie Marsh is a woman who loves princesses and fairy tales. “When I was a kid, I didn’t so much read fairy tales, as I devoured them,” Katie shared. “I constantly pretended to be a princess and played dress up every weekend with my mother’s makeup and old formal dresses. I spent hours upon hours watching Disney movies.” Katie is a lot like many women. She was raised on fairies and princesses, magic pumpkins, and fairy dust. And since 1937’s release of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” by Disney, little girls across America have loved the idea of being rescued by Prince Charming. Growing up though, they found life to be less and less fairy-tale-esque.
Don’t you sometimes wish you could turn back the clock to the days when you played dress up and pretended to be a princess? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fairy godmother who could make all your fairy tale wishes come true?
Ladies, it’s time to embrace our inner princesses and make them work for us, even when life fails to live up to our fairy tale standards. Let’s take a look of some of the Disney princesses and examine some of the life lessons learned from each of them.
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Life’s not fair, and sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do. But we still have a choice to make with our attitudes. We can either be miserable and grumble, or we can sweep the stairs with a song. Singing on tune is optional. But let’s agree to draw the line at being friends with mice – dressing up rodents is a whole other topic.
The consummate example of why we tell our children not to take candy from strangers, Snow White is a great example of what NOT to do. Let’s not be gullible. How many women could have avoided pain and heartache by avoiding those with selfish motivations?
Work hard. You may not be born into prosperity, but that doesn’t mean it’s outside of your reach.
The heart matters more than the outside. What we learn from Belle is that beauty isn’t found in a pretty face or a tough, masculine exterior. It’s found in simple moments of kindness and compassion. Long term, those qualities far outweigh physical attraction.
Money isn’t everything. Isn’t Jasmine amazing? Despite being raised in a royal court, she wanted what was real, more than she wanted what was gold. From her, we learn the value of true love being more important than a lifetime of being rich-yet-miserable.
Don’t try to be something you’re not. The real you will always come out – it’s exhausting to pretend to be someone else. And for goodness sakes, if your voice fails you, get out a pencil and paper and write what you have to say if it’s that important!
Don’t judge a book by its cover. Just as Belle knew that beauty wasn’t found on the outside, Pocahontas taught us that different doesn’t mean bad. It just means different.
Sometimes all you need is a long nap and a really good kiss to get your world back in order.
Elsa and Anna
Communication with the ones we love most is so important! When we fail to be honest with the ones we’re closest to, we set ourselves up for so much misunderstanding. Poor Anna. She spent years thinking she’d done something to Elsa. If Elsa had just been honest with her insecurities, so many more memories could have been made.
Life is to be savored. One of Rapunzel’s greatest qualities (besides her enviable hair and whatever conditioner she uses) is her ability to find joy all around her. She has an enthusiastic love for people that we can all learn from.