We’ve all read stereotypical fairy tales as children where the prince saves the princess and they live happily ever after together. What these fairy tales don’t teach you is that you shouldn’t wait around for some prince charming to come save you. Joy Mangano, author of INVENTING JOY, encourages you to love yourself and find your own happiness.
When I was young I fully believed that Prince Charming would come and rescue me one day. I’m guessing a lot of us did. But then I went through a difficult divorce, and that was the end of my cherished belief that my life, my husband, my family, would always be perfect and ideal. I came to realize that no one was going to come along and “rescue” me. The only person who could rescue me was me. The responsibility for making my life work better was mine and mine alone.
I’m not saying there weren’t a lot of people who helped me get through difficult times, because there were. Even my ex-husband Tony played a part in his own way. But ultimately, the responsibility of creating the life I wanted for myself fell solely on me. Maybe Prince Charmings do exist, and maybe they’re on the way.
For some, maybe they’re already here. But we don’t need to wait around to be rescued. In life, we’re going to find love in lots of different, beautiful, wonderful, unexpected places and ways. Love waits for us everywhere. But creating the lives we want, and fixing what might be broken, is something we all have the power to do ourselves. We get to be the ones who do the rescuing.
For more advice on living your best life and finding yourself check out INVENTING JOY by Joy Mangano!
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Excerpted from Inventing Joy by Joy Mangano. Copyright © 2018 by author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
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