The Cinderella Archetype

Since I was a little girl, I’d often forget or leave my shoes behind all over my home. My mom even nicknamed me “Cinderella” since she had to remind me to collect my shoes or slippers wherever I had left them in the house, almost every single day. lol I’ve even left my shoes behind in other people’s homes, cars, & hotel rooms by accident. With this quirk of mine in mind, in the past few weeks, I seem to have watched more & more Cinderella archetype movies. The Cinderella archetype is any storyline involving a person or group of people overcoming unfair cruelty & ultimately receiving a triumphant reward in the end for their perseverance. It’s the universal tale of unconditional love & self-discovery that shows how acting for the greater good with compassion, kindness, & love can overcome all obstacles. 

Here’s a list of my favorites:

  • Ella Enchanted
  • Ever After
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Simply Irresistible
  • The Nanny Diaries
  • Maid in Manhatten
  • Princess Diaries
  • The Princess Bride

I have a theory that we’re all “technically” living in our own Cinderella story. It’s just up to us to decide the role that we choose to play in life that ultimately decides when we’re given our happy ending. At an early age, it’s easy to want to always identify with Cinderella, but that’s just not reality. Life & our ego continue to get in the way as we grow older. People will come & go in our lives. We’ll make new friends that turn into enemies, & we’ll hold grudges, keep secrets, & step on other people in hopes of taking a shortcut to our happily ever after.

To find your inner “Cinderella”, learn to surrender to your current circumstances & get out of your lacking mindset. Don’t blame anyone for where you are in life – look for the silver linings. Be thankful that you’re still alive & know that if you’ve hit rock bottom, your life can only go up from there! Love yourself & do good for the greater good of everyone in your life. If you continue to persevere & withstand everything being thrown at you with hope & unconditional love, your happy ending will come when you least expect it.

XO Denise

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