anyone who tells
you the fairytale isn’t real
just hasn’t found it yet,
or they settled for less, but that’s
their story, not yours.
let yourself believe in your fairytale.
– butterflies rising
‘let yourself believe in your fairytale’ is a quote that butterflies rising wrote back in 2015 in her first year of sharing work as butterflies rising. she had just left home and was just starting to take a journey of growing out of things she had been through growing up. She was raised in a very controlling environment with a lot of heavy beliefs that she struggled with, and as a dreamer, it was hard on her spirit. This quote was something she wrote to empower herself and inspire others who are learning to let go of being held back by other people’s limitations. The quote is in ‘wild spirit, soft heart’, along with the following essay:
“A lot of us grow up with other people’s stories being forced onto us. What we’re allowed to think, to feel, to want, to believe… it’s decided for us and dictated to us. And it doesn’t really matter if it feels right or wrong for us, we’re not supposed to question it. If we have peace, or wellbeing, or a sense of self, none of that matters. We’re just supposed to accept that life and love and reality are all limited to what other people tell us they are, and then live accordingly.
I grew up in that kind of world, and I was lost my whole life because of it. I wanted something different, I believed in something more, and it killed my spirit to push it down. So, a big part of my journey has been learning to be unapologetically defiant in giving myself permission to think, and feel, and want for, and believe in what feels right for me. Whether it’s what I believe about love, or spirituality, or just life in general, to be relentlessly protective about what I hold and nurture in my inner world. Whenever someone tells me that something isn’t possible, or realistic, or right, or says that it’s just “not the way things are,” I don’t give it any more weight than it being their personal beliefs for themselves.
I’m learning more and more to value my internal compass over anything outside of myself. So, if some sort of hope, or dream, or life vision, or love vision exists inside of me, I feel like it’s been put there on purpose. And it just doesn’t matter what anyone else believes, I honor it, and I let myself believe in it.”