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I grew up with fairy tale dreaming being a princess and meeting THE prince. Then I was educated to criticize the helpless dependent princess. I was told to be a warrior, an amazoness, an independent woman fighting for her own life rather than waiting for the prince who may or may not come and save me from whatever situation. Apparently, it turned out that I was not a princess type, or I gave up or denied princessness in me. Why people taught me not to be a princess. What is wrong with being a princess if she is a nice one like, snow white, or Cinderella. Poor Cinderella was at one point criticized for her passive manner in her relationship with her evil step sisters and step mom. Then I was thinking if it was really a sign of weakness and passive manner when Cinderella choose to live with up with various forms of non sense from her step sisters and her step mom. I do not see Cinderella was a weak, or a passive individual. I rather see her decision to surrender desire to devoid given situation, and have fun with whatever available to her ( remember that Cinderella made friends with animals and had all fund with them)and enjoyed whatever she did. Cinderella was always happy and always positive. Cinderella did not avoid any aspect of reality, and fully accepted it as it was. Imagine that Cinderella was a warrior and fighter who beat up her mean step sisters pulling hairs and what, and later poisoned her step mother with her boy friend. Where the story can go except falling down like a tabloid news paper gossip about one mean girl. Cinderella is beloved and remembered as a heroin of a beautiful story as she was an individual who accept the reality, embracing what it is,and choose to be happy, which is genuinely zen. Miserable ones were poor step sisters and step mom who were suffering from their own insecurity, rotten ego, and ceaseless desire for materials, and delusional satisfaction from torturing others under the misperception of power and control.