Live your own fairytale.

I blame Disney movies for women’s high expectations in love and for men’s inability to measure up to those expectations.

We grow up watching these “too good to be true” motion pictures where good ALWAYS triumphs over bad, the damsel is ALWAYS in distress and Prince Charming ALWAYS finds a way to rescue her ( while his hair and perfect face remain in place). Love conquers all and they all live happily ever after.

I think it creates a false perception in little children. We grow up waiting for the perfect love and believe that without it we’re not good enough – life’s not good enough. So much valuable time passing as we continuously wait for our “Prince Charming” or “Damsel in distress” to arrive along with our “happily ever after”.

The problem with Prince Charming is he doesn’t exist. You see, nobody’s perfect. And the problem with the “Damsel in distress” is that women can actually help themselves. They’re allowed to be independent and happy BEFORE they meet a man.

Often people miss out on great opportunities because they weren’t presented in ‘the form’ they were expecting to find it.

If you go through life setting specifications for the guy or girl you are hoping to find, you’re limiting yourself. Allow yourself to get to know people and THEN decide. You never know who you might fall for. You might just surprise yourself.

Some of the most romantic stories involve an unlikely couple getting together.

Forget Disney, live your own fairytale.

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Some mid-week inspiration.

As I’m sure you have all gathered, I firmly believe that people should voice their opinions and back their beliefs up with actions to match.

At present, I literally still have goosebumps from a short film that I just watched on YouTube. “KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.”

I have shared this film on Facebook and Twitter, not just because I believe in this campaign but because I feel that this campaign should INSPIRE people to stand up and make a difference, because ONE person can make a difference.

This film made me think.

As South Africans we face our own challenges such as corruption, crime, etc. Take a second and ask yourself just how much and what you have done to take action and fight for what you believe in.

How much do you know about the Secrecy Bill? How much do you care? Do you know how it will affect EVERYBODY, not just journalists?

I encourage you to watch this short film and to share it. Make a difference.

Take action and find out what you can do to help make a difference in your own country. Read up on the Secrecy Bill & visit the Right2Know website: www.r2k.org.za

EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH… WHILE IT’S STILL LEGAL.