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We all remember the bedtime stories of our childhoods
The shoe fits Cinderella, the frog turn into a prince, sleeping beauty is awakened with a kiss.
Once upon a time..and they live happily ever after.

Fairy tales, the stuff of dreams.
The problem is fairy tales don’t come true.
It’s the other stories, the ones that begin with dark and stormy nights and end in the unspeakable.
It’s the nightmares that always seem to become reality.
The person who invented the phrase “happily ever after” should have his ass kicked so hard.

Once upon a time….happily ever after.
The stories we tell are the stuff of dreams.
Fairy tales don’t come true.
Reality is much stormier.
Much murkier.
Much scarier.
Reality is much more interesting than living happily ever after.

At some point, maybe we accept that the dream has become nightmare.
We tell ourselves the reality is better.
We convince ourselves it’s better that we never dream at all.

But the strongest of us, the most determined of us, we hold on to the dream.
Or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered.
We awake to find ourselves…against all odds…feeling hopeful.

And if we’re lucky, we realize…in the face of everything, in the face of life…
The true dream…is being able to dream at all.