How many of the movies from your childhood involved living happily ever after? In these shows, the characters overcome hardship, get married and they live happily ever after.
We all have this cultural programming that we should chase the fairy tale ending, and when we get it, we’ll live happily ever after. But there will always be the next challenge, the next obstacle, the sequel to the fairy tale.
The idea of a fairy tale ending provides us with a false promise, it is a form of protection. But your worth does not come from a fairy tale ending. Instead of dreaming of a fairy tale ending, you can be present and accept what is.
We all want the promise that it’s all going to work out, that we’re going to be OK. But when you notice you are dreaming of a fairy tale ending, I invite you to focus on paying attention to what is going on, keep your eyes wide open, and feel the vulnerability and uncertainty.
In this episode, I’m sharing the problem with pursuing a happily ever after and how to approach life instead. We don’t live in a fairy tale, so when the ending does not turn out, who do you become from what you are learning? Learn the importance of feeling and experiencing the happy moments, and what to do instead of arguing with reality.
WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER
- Why we chase a fairy tale ending.
- The reasons we want to have a happy ever after and why we shouldn’t.
- Why it’s easier to celebrate success than it is to hold space for uncomfortable emotions.
- How vulnerability is the pathway to the things we desire.
- Why this quest for the fairy tale ending hurts us.
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