Everybody has heard of a fairytale. The same story about a damsel in distress and the knight in shining armor coming to her rescue. Modern day rules stress the importance of independence, but have we gone too far towards the other end?
They say, “it takes a village to raise a child.” In that sentence alone, it demonstrates the importance of being able to rely on other people. So what about the little girl who grows up being taught to trust no one and that the only person she can count on is herself? She matures into adulthood with that mindset stuck in her head driven to succeed and internalizes everything. Feelings of happiness, sadness, and pride all get bottled up because she’s afraid to let anyone in. She believes sharing anything will only lead to disappointment later on.
After many years of living like this, she realizes maybe it isn’t working for her any longer. It never dawned on her how lonely she was because she has plenty of friends, great job, and family all around her. But who can she really turn to when the darkest moments hit her? Her friends doesn’t know she needs them to reach out to her because she always seemed so self sufficient. Some even admire the independence she carries herself with. Her boyfriends are attracted yet, fear it. One day she wakes and discovers there was some truth to all of those fairy tales.
It dawns on her when someone enters her life and sees past the armor around her heart and makes her turn to him in her moment of despair. So even though she is capable of taking good care of herself, every now and then even she needs someone to take care of her emotionally. Someone to rescue her from drowning into herself, someone to turn to when the world seems bleak.