Monday, March 10, 2014

Prince Charming

"When I was a little girl I used to read fairy tales. In fairy tales you meet Prince Charming and he's everything you ever wanted. In fairy tales the bad guy is very easy to spot. The bad guy is always wearing a black cape so you always know who he is. Then you grow up and you realize that Prince Charming is not as easy to find as you thought. You realize the bad guy is not wearing a black cape and he's not easy to spot; he's really funny, and he makes you laugh, and he has perfect hair.”

It's easy to fall for charm. 

It's the first thing you notice about a person besides their looks. 

I'm not just talking about romantically. 

Some people just have that something that draws you in. 

I'd like to think I have a good sense of people, that I am not easily deceived, but experience tells me differently.

I fall in love with charm... with the way someone acts in a crowd... that feeling I get from being in their presence... that something that you can't quite put your finger on.

Charm is deceptive...

Some people just know how to turn it on. And that's dangerous for those of us who fall for it so easily. 

Life would be so much easier if you could tell a person's character by how they looked... if the ugliness of their personalities showed through in their physical appearance.

But that's not life... and as good as some might be at discerning another's character, I feel at some point or another, we've all fallen for charm.

I think I want to believe the best in people. That it's hard for me to give up, even when someone proves over and over that they don't appreciate or deserve my efforts. 

I want to believe that people can change... I want to believe that it wasn't all a lie. 

But reality is, people rarely change.

You are the rule, not the exception. This is something I tell myself constantly. 

I feel like I'm smarter, a little more difficult to deceive. But who knows, maybe I'll always fall for charm. 

A lady was telling me that she could tell someone's character by having them draw a picture. If only it were that simple. 

But Price Charming? He's a lie... he may be charming at first, but eventually the charm fades away, and what's left? For some, there's enough to sustain... but that's yet to be my experience. 

1 comment:

  1. So true! If only we could see who people are when no one else is looking. It is so hard to know when a person is being genuine. If nothing else we can learn what not to look for the next time! 90% of the time I learn from trial and error, but we will eventually get it right!


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