On Friday, my beloved bride and I welcomed our third daughter into the world. In honor of her arrival, this week I’ll list my three favorite princesses.
Well, my three favorite princesses other than my daughters, that is.
One of the newest princesses on the block tops my list because of how much her story and her song has meant to me and my eldest daughter, Gianna. Frozen and “Let It Go” came out around the same time I first read one of my favorite books, Quiet by Susan Cain. This was also the time I was learning about what it meant to be an introvert, an HSP, and an INFJ. These insights were eye-opening and liberating. They led me to make many changes in my life that seemed subtle on the surface but provided immense positive change to my inner life. In other words, I learned how to let it go around the same time Elsa did.
Elsa is also the favorite princess of my eldest daughter, Gianna, who our family often refers to as my clone. Like me, she’s deeply introverted but her love for and bond with Elsa has helped her to deal with this loud, busy world we live in. During our last trip to Disneyland, she made the amazing step, for her, of reaching out and holding Elsa’s hand when we met her.
It also helps that Elsa has super cool ice powers and that my personal interpretation is that she’s an introvert, too. In fact, I’d love to make a custom t-shirt for my next Disneyland visit with Elsa and Belle and “I ♥ Introvert Princesses” on it.
Look up “strong female character” on Wikipedia and I’m certain you’ll find a picture of Princess Leia Organa. She’s so well known, I don’t think I even have to explain this one much. Just remember that she is not a committee, and that someone has to save our skins. I so can’t wait to see her again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The original Phantasy Star is my all-time favorite video game, and one of my all-time favorite stories from any medium. While not nearly as well known as Princess Leia, Alis is her equal in courage and determination. As a teenager, she vows to avenge her brother’s death. even though it means taking on the king of the Algol star system. And she does!
Honorable mentions: Cecilia Lynne Adlehyde from Wild Arms, Vanellope Von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph, Disney princesses Snow White and Aurora, and Dejah Thoris from Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsoom series.
Want to give me a high-five for this list? Do you beg to differ? Or just want to make your own Three Favorites list? Drop me a line in the comments.