Writer’s Name: Tyeisha Downer
Title: Fairytales can come true if you believe in them
Once upon a time there was a shy bashful girl named Ruby that lived on a house on a hill and every day after school, she rushed home with tears streaming down her face from all of the mean comments she received at school about her appearance. It was a very painful time for Ruby. She had recently lost her mother to cancer and felt all alone in a cold world where no one understood her; she felt like she marched to the beat of her own drum.
When she was younger her mother read the Cinderella story to her and reminded her that she was a beautiful princess and told her never to forget that even when she was long gone. One day long ago Ruby’s mother called Ruby to her room and when Ruby entered the room her mother instructed her to take a seat at the foot of the bed and let me read your favorite fairytale, Cinderella. Ruby’s mother read each page and when she reached the final page, she closed the book and reached for Ruby’s hand and stated never forget that you are a princess even when the world and people treat you like you’re not. Never forget who you are and yourself worth. Ruby smiled and replied, ‘Mom I promise that I will never forget.’ She hugged her mother tightly and kissed her cheek gently and rushed out the door. The next morning when Ruby rushed to her mother’s room she found her there lifeless. Ruby was crushed and didn’t have anyone to turn to. She was lost and became reckless and as time went by, Ruby lost her way and broke her promise to her mother.
The moral to the story is that you never know what another person is going through until you actually place your own feet in their shoes. Many don’t realize that many things can ruin your self-esteem. Being physically or verbally abused only points out a couple of the underlying issues. What about emotional turmoil from individuals whom you thought loved you or loosing that one person in your life that reminded you that you were a princess even when you didn’t feel like you were one?
Many young women start taking themselves on a journey that could lead to a never ending one if they don’t handle it with caution. Women are naturally emotional human beings. So many of us operate on emotion instead of common sense. We look for love in all the wrong places trying to fill a void that exists deep down in our hearts. We give our mind, body, and spirit to individuals whom are not deserving of it and then after we realize this we have already damaged our self-esteem and crushed our hearts; we fill emptier than we ever felt before and once again we go and search for that knight and shining armor to come and take away the pain and place us on his magical horse then ride us off into the sunset. Sometimes you meet that knight that is capable of doing just that, but this is very rare in most cases. And the other times we meet the man that appears to be a prince, but is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Far too often is this the one that we adore and after we give our heart yet again we find ourselves right back in the same situation that we thought we were delivered from. Our situation goes from bad to worse. We become crushed and our self-esteem goes down even more.
But I came with good news! It’s not too late to regain your self-esteem. Take the time to reintroduce yourself to yourself. Ladies, remember that you are a princess even when the world and people try to convince you otherwise. Fairytales can come true if you believe in them. Take time to realize that you’re beautiful even when you feel unappealing. Try to focus on your short and long term goals and place your energy on yourself and making YOU better and everything will fall into place. Ladies, self-esteem comes from you and you don’t need anyone to make you feel special. Just know that you are a princess. Fairytales are real and they start with you.