Fairytale Obsessionists, This one is for you.
Admit it. You wish you had your own fairy godmother, and problems resolved with the wave of a wand. You wish that, in the end, life follows the perfectly linear path of: oblivion, problem, problem solved, happily ever after. In a world so keenly aware of flaws, we tend to get lost in the idea of perfection. We’ve grown up beside this fairy-tale idealism, in our love lives, in our careers, and in our personal growth. This was simultaneously shattered and strengthened when media infiltrated our every thought, our every move. We were no longer blinded by perfection, we just started to hate ourselves. We hate ourselves for working that 9-5 when we promised our 5-year-old self that we’d follow our dream of being a ballerina. But we’d hate ourselves just as much if we followed our dream and forced ourselves into a decade or two or three of feeling like an absolute failure. Then we’d hate ourselves for hating ourselves. We hate the idea that life doesn’t turn out how we want, and we fear how life doesn’t turn out how we expect. In the film La La Land, directed by the brilliant Damien Chazelle, we come to understand just how much life can change before we even know it, we learn that love isn’t so fairy-tale easy, and we learn that life really does go up and down.