How folk tales and fairy tales impact our lives.

Admit it, you love the tales of old, don’t you? Whether it is famous fairy tale such as the sleeping beauty or some local folktales like Panchatantra, there is something enamoring about such tales that we so loved in our childhood.

But there is more to what meets the eye in these stories that us as adults ignore many a times. These stories weren’t just good to pass out time during sleeping hours, they could actually impact our lives for the better.

There are over thousands of such lore in the world and yet many of them follow a similar pattern, lets see how they can change our lives if we delve deep into it.

 

1: Perseverance.

Just think about it, had Mowgli lost all hope to return to civilisation, would he ever meet Shanti? Had Cinderella given up on her dreams would she ever get her happily ever after? Or what about if Hansel and Gretel would go all weak when the witch was fattening them up to cook ’em? What would happen to the ugly duckling had he given in to his peer pressures?

“It ain’t about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

-Rocky Balboa.

Perseverance through tough times create strong human beings who are capable to face any challenges that life can throw at them. When we give up on our quest, there is a little voice within ourselves that say’s no, that voice provides us with comfort to not give up, informs us that there is still hope.

That little moment defines us as who we are, who we were, and who we will be. It is because in that moment our destiny will be handed to us. Will it be because of our complacency or sheer force of will to go on, you decide.

2: Having faith in yourself

This one is complimentary to the first one. Whatever you do, whatever your job is, do it with faith, do it with conviction. Don’t just work for work’s sake, put your entire belief into every aspect of it. If we are going through tough times, its our faith that pulls us through it. Its is our belief in ourselves that helps us in conquering ourselves.

Having faith doesn’t necessarily mean doing nothing and being hopeful that things will change one day.

Hope in a way takes away our power, with the idea that things will ‘eventually’ change, or a saviour will come.

Faith provides you with the strength to take the initiative and give anything your best shot. It gives us constant motivation to improve ourselves in every manageable aspects of our lives.

Just by having faith in oneself makes a world of difference, imagine what would happen if we added focused hard work into the mix as well. You will be unstoppable.

3: Taking risks.

Guess what is the similarity between most of the successful people in the world and fairy tale protagonists?

Its their uncanny ability to take risks and work their way with it.

Think of it this way,

If Jack hadn’t taken the risk of climbing to the top of the tree, he would never have had such a big treasure for himself and his mother. If Cinderella hadn’t taken the risk of going to the gala, she may never had met the man of her life. If the Beast hadn’t opened up to Belle and showed her his vulnerability, he could have remained a monster throughout his life.

This clearly shows that in life you need to take some risks. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have. What matters is who you will be in the next 5,10,20 years to come. Do what you love, and do whatever it takes to be successful in what you love

It is said that in your life you’ll regret more of not doing the things that you wanted to do than to actually having been done something bad. Don’t live a life like that. Take the chance man, start you venture, paint your masterpiece, compose your magnum opus, study hard, ask that person you like for a date.

Because you only have one life, make the most of it.

4: Happy ending.

(Oh boy it just became personal)

I can’t tell you how many times as a little boy I’d imagine myself as a knight on a white horse, defeating the evil dragon, marrying the princess and riding off into the sunset with her.

And then I turned eight.

It was at this age I realized the harsh truth. Dragons don’t exist and princesses don’t need any saving.

What a shocker that was.

But now, as I think more of it, I realized something. All those monsters, witches, ghosts, dragons, were actually representations of our own fears hidden in our subconscious. Our envy, fears, doubts, guilt, sorrows and regrets. All these manifests as monsters in our life. Monsters, that we have to defeat in order to earn our happily ever after.

Why am I saying this?

Because those who follow their true calling are able to face fear and still say, “Hey, lets dance!” your fear is irrelevant. You are its creator and still it controls you. Overcome it and life opens up to you.

Wield your shield of perseverance, grab your sword of will and charge at the monster. This act alone makes you a victor.

Go slay dragons.

Go and seize your glory.

 

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