Love is about choices.
Although most fairytales are just that- tales about un-existing things, they do hold one element of truth to them: no one ends up with someone they love without first making a choice to fight for them. The Beast must fight against his own nature in order to let Belle into his secrets, and the countless other princes must choose to either fight the dragon or have no damsel. There is no love without a fight, no love without sacrifice.
But even if a prince chooses to fight, we damsels must still allow ourselves the chance to be loved. We can’t just lock ourselves up in the highest tower . We can’t promise to never fall in love again because it hurt so much the last time we had a coward for a prince. We also can’t keep loving the prince who didn’t fight for us forever. We can’t keep seeing the past selectively, reminiscing only about the good and forgetting all the bad. Because in fact, the prince we sometimes thought we had, turned out to be just another coward from up the street.
So as princes line up to fight our battles, to return our slippers and slay our dragons, choose to love, as they have chosen to fight for you. Get down from the tower and remember that the next time someone throws your heart on the floor, with the broken pieces made of glass, you have the power to cut them back.
And no matter what, settle for no less than the prince who will fight your dragons. The prince who will choose to love you, no matter the size of the battle or the height of the tower.