Cinderella, Snow White, and Aurora inspire me so much. I thank Disney for creating the original three that started it all, who paved the way with their inner strength, grace, and kindness. Their flaws and limitations make them feel like real women I know who have been held back or abused in some way. They taught me not achieving huge things doesn’t make you weak. I think people should be careful not to set the bar too high for little girls then belittle them for not meeting it.
Once when I was younger I was talking to a character, I can’t for the life of me remember who it was. But I remembered that I was telling them my name was Aurora. They said “Just like our Aurora, do you know her?” I said “Yes, we’re name twins.” Then Aurora appeared out of nowhere waved at me and said “Hello name twin!” I felt so special, it’s probably one of my favorite Disney park memories.
Me during Thanksgiving with my family hiding my alcoholism.
Sleeping Beauty has always been a bittersweet tale to me- even with it having a happy ending. I relate to it the most because Aurora is me: shy, kind, and elegant. I have vasovagal syncope, which is fainting caused by certain triggers like heat. Now that I’m older it can be curved, but sometimes I can feel that enchanted spell and nearly fall to sleep. At least I can wake up without true loves kiss.
I hate how people treat the old Disney princesses saying that they’re bad role models. People act like they’re worthless because they didn’t travel across the ocean to fight a sea monster or don’t have icy superpowers. Sure, their goal is love but what’s wrong with that? Is it wrong to be stereotypically feminine? Whether you’re a boy or a girl it’s ok to dream about true love and it’s ok to be kind and innocent. I love that we’re teaching kids to be independent, but nothing’s wrong with being a little girly.