When I was a little girl my biggest dreams were of wedding dresses
and a prince on a big white horse
Like in the movies I would ride away
Perhaps into the sun or into the night
and I would live my happily ever after –
This is not to say that happily ever after does not exist –
this is to say that the fairy tales are a lie
and the little girl still somewhere inside of me
has excepted it.
She still loves sappy TV and romantic comedies
A prince coming to save her is still at the heart of her every dream
But the woman realizes that after the prince comes to save the princess
the princess realizes she doesn’t need saving.
This is not to say that she does not need a prince.
She needs her prince – with or without a crown –
to kiss her forehead
hold her hand
reassure her that everything will be
She needs her prince to tell her that he loves her
on her darkest days
when she struggles to love herself but to also tell her to always
The fairy tales are a lie
but the reality is beautiful
and worth waiting for.
The reality is saving yourself
and still riding away with your prince.
– Chan Eliza