The Problem With Happily Ever After

We all know how fairytales end. They all live happily ever after, right?

But we don’t see what happens after. We just see that the story had a happy ending and we assume this happiness lasts forever.

But I mean, like, are they really happy forever?

The problem with happily ever after is it creates an expectation that the fairytale love is all flowers and roses for all time. But that’s not true. I mean, sure, there are probably a lot of flowers and roses and breaking out into song, but, realistically life is not just flowers and roses and breaking out into spontaneous song (does anyone actually do this?).

The point is, happily ever after, isn’t really “happily ever after.” It’s happy for a while…and then comes the after.

It’s what happens after the love begins to fade that will decide whether or not there will still even be a happily ever after.

In fairytales, love is like a magic that conquers all.

In real life, love can be like magic, but it is also a choice.

Because unlike in fairytales, life is not all rainbows, and unicorns, and happiness. Life can bring pain, and you can choose to get through the dark times together, or you can let the hard times break you apart.

And I mean, I don’t know, because I really don’t know, or have the authority to speak on what true love is, but I’d like to think that happily ever after doesn’t have to be temporary. That doesn’t mean it’s all happy, but that overall there’s more good times than bad, and at the end of the story you can look back and be proud of the story. Of your story.

Because anyone can have a great love story. You just have to choose it. Believe that it can happen. And then when the opportunity comes, put in the work and don’t let it go.

The problem with happily ever after in this life, is it’s temporary. Best case scenario, it’s life long, which is amazing, but still temporary.

But we can look beyond this life. And that’s not temporary.

God has written all of our stories and has a plan for our lives. But we have to choose Him first, right? He’ll light the way, but we have to be able to follow the light.

And that doesn’t mean life will be perfect, and that darkness won’t come, only that God’s light is stronger than the darkness.

But luckily, we know the ending of this story. Good versus evil…it all comes to an end one day.

We all live happily ever after.

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Hi! My name is Rachel. I love to write. Write about life, love, and reflect on how the past builds the future. Mostly, I love to tell stories because I believe there is something about stories that brings the world closer together. You can check out some of my writing reflections here at Rachel Writes.

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