Last week, I posted this photo on facebook - and holy hell, did it get some reactions.
One guy said, "Uh, the real world isn't as glamorous as cliches and positivity posters."
No kidding, jackass...and in the real world, pumpkins don't turn into carriages, either.... was how I wanted to respond. But I kept it cool and nice (as much as possible) because it was my personal facebook and some of those people actually know me.
I understand that love isn't a fairy tale. I think all women understand. In the real world, any relationship has ups and downs, challenges and bad times. I'm sure there were even some unhappy moments in Cinderella's happily ever after. Prince Charming leaving his socks on the floor, or the Queen being overly critical of Cinde's cooking - whatever.
The point of the picture isn't that love is a fairy tale - it's that it should have fairy-tale-worthy moments. It should include butterflies in your stomach, and silly smiles, and flowers for no reason. The point is that every girl deserves to feel like a princess.
The point is also that, even when you're working at your relationship, the ones that are honest and healthy won't feel like work. And even when things are looking hopeless, if this relationship is really meant to be - it will.
The point is not to lose hope, and don't give up. Honestly, I can't think of any advice that has more real-life application.