Here’s how I imagine it.
Cinderella sits in her plush velvet pillowed window seat, looking out at her queendom. She’s beautiful, is wearing a lovely emerald colored gown, is decked in jewels and has multiple servants to bring her whatever she wants. Prince Charming, who has become King, is wonderful and adores her.
But, she’s crying.
‘I have everything I could ever want’, she wails. ‘Glass slippers in every color, castles in all parts of the land, people who cherish me. So why do I feel so empty, like something’s missing? Why am I so unhappy when I have everything?”
Do you ever feel like this? Do you feel like you have a life others would envy, but it still feels like something is missing? Do you feel like all the right parts are there, but it’s not enough?
Perhaps you’re like Cinderella. What she really wants is to be out in the forest playing with the birds, enjoying the breezes and dancing. But, she’s a queen and queens don’t do that.
What if Cinderella’s sequel went like this?
After a few months of living it up with Prince Charming, Cinderella realizes that she’s not really cut out to be royalty. She’s really a simple girl and although the shiny pretty things are fun for a while, she knows that they are not going to make her happy in the long run. So, Cinderella tells Prince Charming that she’s taking a break.
She goes off to the forest and finds a sweet little farm to rent. It is quiet and she can hear the chirping of the birds, her favorite sound. She can also hear her own Wise Voice. Cinderella is finally free for the first time. “What do I want” she asks herself. She keeps asking that question and she listens carefully to her own wisdom.
After a bit, Cinderella goes back to Prince Charming and lovingly breaks up. She returns to her farm and creates a simple, yet satisfying life for herself, one that’s just right for her. She and Prince Charming remain friends and she is invited to all the balls. Cinderella no longer wears jewels, but she can dance when she wants.
If you were going to create your own sequel, what would it be?
Are there roles, expectations, or habits that you’ve gotten into that you’d like to get out of?
Are you living your life for someone else?
Sometimes it’s worth giving up some of the outer riches to find the inner riches.