Girls, let’s set the Cinderella within ourselves free!

Kratika Sharma
Posted September 19, 2016 from India
Girls, let’s set the Cinderella within ourselves free!
Girls, let’s set the Cinderella within ourselves free!

At the last day of college, a party was planned. It was a moment of pious hopes coupled with dilemmas. The joy of successful graduation was accompanied with queries of what next! As I stood in front of the mirror I realized transitions are always tough. My blanket of thoughts was unraveled by a voice,“Going to the party is fine, but just come before 7 in the evening.”I surrendered to the instructions because they were nothing new to me.

As I was leaving, I had a glimpse of some TV serial where the mother said, “Don’t you know a daughter needs to be home before it gets dark?” Yeah, the irony struck my mind and I took a close view to realize that the serial depicted the story of the pre-independence era. Familiar the phrase was to me and so was its meaning. The time seems to have paused despite passage of more than half a century.

To surrender to these instructions doesnot exactly represent the culture. It is all based on mindsets.As I drove to college thoughts engulfed me. There are undoubtedly grave reasons that compels a lady to run and rebel and it is not always the so called “ladke ka chakkar” (a coveted love affair) but there is something beyond. Why do we forget that Cinderella just wanted a new pair of shoes or a night out and we gave her Prince Charming. What is the need for someone to hold our hands, when we already have two of our own?

The entire quest is to rediscover the essence of freedom.

There are dreams to follow the North Pole, to see therainbow from the hill top, to travel with a stranger, to trust the unknown, to befriend someone out of my community, to replace the gold jewels from a tiara self made from the flowers plucked from a secretly visited garden, to sit still from dawn to dusk and later lay beneath the sheet of stars.There are dreams where there is no lust but love for one’s own self.There is an urge to explore not only the places, but an undiscovered soul.

Is this reality or just me questioningthe cultural taboos?

Suddenly a jerk on the road made me dwell back to the reality. I realized that I reached college and in front of me I saw a group of young ladies graduated and flouting their degrees. Holding the degree in the hand made me feel ‘free’ as if I had earned my escape from the world of cultural taboos, towards becoming a self-aware, self-made & self-discovering person. I could create & dwell in my own realities.

I underwent a sudden transition in my train of thoughts as today the aura across the college showed me a new world. Rejoiced was I because undoubtedly, the time had arrived where we have moved ahead of the era where daylight is no more a time limitation.Anklets are no more barriers but a fashion trend. Victorian scarves are not a symbol to restricta woman but to shed off the limitations. Stereotypes are broken, cultural heritage might have remained the same but mindsets have changed. Women have emerged to be independent and powerful.

Forget about tiaras, women are now adorned with self earned crowns; gardens are not a dream now, but Valley of Flowers is their home. Strangers have become their best friends with lost identity regained. Since their dreams are beyond horizons, butterflies have evolved as fireflies to eradicate the darkness of night.

Today Cinderella does not need shoes anymore or a Prince to protect her. The world on the contrary is under her heels!!!

This post was submitted in response to Growing Up Girls.

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helen.ng
Sep 20, 2016
Sep 20, 2016

This is such a thought-provoking post! I love how you tied the story of Cinderella to cultural taboos. Us women don't need to be chaperoned all the time, under the watchful eye of men. We are independent individuals, capable of thinking and acting for ourselves and for our own good, and we should not limit ourselves simply because of close-minded mentalities.

Kratika Sharma
Sep 21, 2016
Sep 21, 2016

Thank you Helen for your appreciation.

Indeed it cannot be denied that we are capable to make our own choices, decisions and even mistakes. After all then only we will be able to emerge as independent beings in true sense.

Let us all fly free, 

Cheers to womanhood.

Courtney Randolph
Sep 21, 2016
Sep 21, 2016

This story is one of my favorites now on World Pulse! It is so magical and inspiring to the woman entrepreneur. My carriage is my own companyy, my ball is my events, my shoes I bought them and I don't need a prince charming to build my fairytale. I love this article. It is an article that will inspire many women.

Kratika Sharma
Sep 22, 2016
Sep 22, 2016

Thank you Pynk Mogul.

Yes you are right now our fairy tales have no room for a prince charming to depend upon. :)

Cheers to our freedom.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 22, 2016
Sep 22, 2016

Hi Katrika,

It was really fun to read your beautifully poetic story, inside the mind and heart of a woman celebrating her release from old tired stories so many of us have been told, into the power of herself. It was a beautiful introduction to You. I especially loved your finale. Brilliant! A Sister who means business! Best wishes for the road you are travelling.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Soumya Vilekar
Sep 24, 2016
Sep 24, 2016

Beautifully crafted and well emoted the stereotypical trends and the need to break from those idiosyncracies.

This is an interesting and introspective thought that you have put across in wonderful words.

Keep sharing Best wishes

Alexandra Fercak
Oct 02, 2016
Oct 02, 2016

Kratika,

I absolutely love your essay and your beautiful writing style! It is a delight to read your inspirational words. Keep it up! 

Yes, freeing ourselves from internal and external limitations is an ongoing journey, and the resulting freedom is worth the efforts.

Take care and best wishes in all you do,

Kratika Sharma
Oct 04, 2016
Oct 04, 2016

Thank you for your dedicated time and the feedback.

My best wishes and love.

Cheers to womanhood :)