Snow White and the Desire for Eternal Youth

June 12, 2012 at 8:14 am | Posted in Life and Living | Leave a comment
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This past weekend I saw Snow White and the Huntsman, a fantastical adaptation of the old children’s fairy tale.  But this movie was not made for children.  It was made for those of us who have seen the darkness of the world and long for the innocence Snow White represents.

And that is the reason why it is so hard not to sympathize with the queen.  Who among us hasn’t looked into the mirror and wondered where the beauty of our youth has gone?  Who among us doesn’t long for the light of wonder that comes with innocence, the energy of a life not yet lived?  What remains, it seems at times, is exhaustion, responsibility, nostalgia, and humility, for now we know what life is, and how exciting youth is.  We will spend the rest of our lives trying to relive it in a way.  But it will never be the same.  It is true, the saying that youth is wasted on the young.

I know that this may sound ridiculous to my elders who will remind me time and time again that I am still young, and I know that I’m still young.  I am happy to be at an age where, while I do have responsibilities, while I may not be as flexible as I was in my youth, I can find the means to enjoy life, and recognize the great moments as I am living them.  But with each great moment, I can feel time slipping away.  Because time just doesn’t ever stop, and the great moments always seem to end too soon.

But we can’t walk around longing for the days of yesteryear all the time.  We need to have good memories and be excited for the future.  We need to be able to look in the mirror and recognize those laugh lines as a life well lived, those bags under the eyes as the remnance of lot of fun late nights.  Because life is magical in its own way, even if there isn’t a real fountain of youth.

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