Thursday, March 31, 2005

Happily ever after

Who says there is no such thing as happily ever after? We are constantly told that life is tough, it is unfair, and we need to get over it. Perhaps my generation is too full of idealists, but we don’t ever seem to get over it. I for one like the dream of happily ever after. What’s more exciting than the trodden down, forgotten prince slaying the evil dragon and living with the princess happily ever after? Nothing.

This is my dream. I just need to find an evil dragon to slay and undoubtedly there will be a beautiful princess waiting on the other side. But where to find such a dragon? Maybe if I just succeed in slaying this one called school--if I can come through that unscathed, there will be that long awaited love. Well that isn’t where the fair maiden lay. Where to next?

Perhaps this dragon called career needs to be slain. If only that one could be mastered, the now almost forgotten happily ever after would be attained. Somehow I doubt it. When does the happily ever after begin? Is this really as good as it gets? I sure hope not. Something better must lie on the other side.

I know happily ever after won’t be perfect. But a life without dragons has got to be better than one with fire breathing monsters all over the place. Surely there is a princess somewhere that still needs to be awakened. Such things are definitely from the hand of God. A treasure beyond all imaginable value. Such treasures are illusive though, but this also, I fear, is the work of God.

“There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good; this also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.” Happily ever after is sounding better all the time. Aren’t we promised a rest too? When does that start?

“Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” Doesn’t that sound awesome? Where do such foxes run? Probably around the dragons. Why does Solomon say “I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.” What does this mean? Should I not be searching for these fair princesses protected by dragons?

You see, I have to believe in happily ever after for that is where all my dreams and desires have their fulfillment. It isn’t a perfect place, but oh is it sweet…

(Update: In response to this post)

3 Comments:

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous The German said...

What if Happily Ever After isn't in this world, but the next. I almost wonder if all the labor in this world will make the next one just that much sweeter. I too feel often like this, sometimes I have to stop and tell myself, "It could always be worse."

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger Ecthelion said...

no blog links?
well, i'm glad that i spurred on your hope so we see more of these posts and less of those posts. There is definately a perfect rest that comes after death, but hopefully we can get a few tastes of that utopia here on earth.

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Swinder said...

Ultimately happily ever after is in the next world. But the way I defined it, it should be realizable here.

Sorry about not linking your post. I don't think you'll get the wish on the more upbeat posts though...just a prediction...

 

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