The dragons that we come across in our lives can be just as menacing and terrifying as one would imagine a dragon to be. They rear their beastly heads, breathe the scalding fire that threatens to burn everything in it’s path, and menace our lives with an unparalleled sense of fury. We are not all born princes, the ones who defeat the dragons with a sweep of their magical swords, filled with a bravery and courage that only a prince can possess. Nor are we all damsels in distress, needing the prince to come and save us from the monster that some evil force has enforced to keep us trapped in a castle forever. I am certainly no prince or princess, at least in the metaphorical sense. I am certainly not about to go out and slice off the heads of
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He wants us to realize that we are not princes or princesses, that the dragons in our lives carry more meaning than we might think, that we need to learn and grow from them, let them roar and breathe as much fire as they please, for there is a lesson to be learned from them. “You must think that something is happening with you, that has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hands; it will not let you fall...” writes Rilke. The hardships in our lives carry as much beauty as they do pain. Our worries can be turned into peace. We need to open our eyes, accept that there is always hope in our lives, as miserable or unsettling that they become.
I would like to believe that perhaps the dragons in fairytales are simply misunderstood. What made them the harbingers of evil? What makes a dragon a symbol of terror and wickedness? There has to be some kind of beauty in these majestic beasts, some kind of glowing heart to them. After all, they, like almost any animal in our world, are simply instinctual creatures. They defend when they feel threatened, protect with such a pure, intense sense of preservation, and behave as most humans do. When we feel threatened, we attack, when we grow attached to a certain object we defend it with all our might. Our children, for example, are protected with such strength that we would be willing to give our own lives to save theirs. So does a dragon become a symbol of evil because of how large, how strong of an adversary it can be? Or