Monday, 29 April 2013

That Thing We Call Hope

Back in childhood, fairytales were the perfect bedtime stories for all the kids. Atleast for me they were.


And almost all the fairytales had the same storyline with just few tweaks here and there.

There would be a damsel in distress- usually a princess whose beauty and good nature would be the reason for her end, an evil force like an old witch who wants to look young and beautiful forever or a queen who wishes to be ‘the fairest of all’, a curse which could be a midnight curfew hour, a poisoned apple or being pricked by a needle and obviously and most importantly the curse-breaker, the pure and noble-hearted Prince Charming, who would waltz in at the climax and break the curse using the most powerful weapon- True Love’s Kiss.

I’ll admit, when I was young, I used to swoon over these stories and wished to have one too.
But as I grew up, I realized that they were nothing but just stories.

Yes you do get helpless like the main protagonist and end up taking shit from some evil queen again and again till you don’t fall into this pit of sadness and misery that it becomes a curse to live and then you expect some hero, some knight in shining armour to come and save you from drowning.
But does it really happen? Do you really need a hero to save you?

No you don’t. You don’t need a Prince Charming to realize your worth. You don’t need him to break the curse. You are strong enough to rise up from all of this.

Up to some extent we all need support but in the end, this is your life. You can’t expect someone to protect you always and fight your battles for you. Because in the end, you are your own hero. You have the courage and the will to win.

You don’t need a knight. All you need is Hope.


For me, hope is a much stronger weapon than some spun tale of True Love’s Kiss.

There is hope everywhere. Hope to make it through the present, hope to live another day.

This world is actually surviving on hope.

Everyday we wake up hoping the day will go well. We hope to get a good seat when out eating. We hope for a discount while shopping. We hope for the perfect ending while reading a book or watching a movie. We hope the monstrosity in this current scenario will soon end.

We hope for the world to get better. We hope for the good.

Hope is a powerful emotion. Because in the end, even the true love’s kiss had hope in it. Hope that the curse will break.

And if you keep living with that glimmer of hope everyday, soon the curse will break. And you will get your Happy Ever After.