“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” -J.K. Rowling
This quote means SO MUCH to me because I’ve been such a huge fan of Harry Potter for such a long time! J.K. Rowling’s books shaped my childhood in so many ways, and I love that she sends the message that you can grow up to be whoever and whatever you want to be. You can choose goodness, happiness, and light in your life, and I think that message is genuinely important to struggling writers the world over. Not only is it important to struggling writers, but it’s also important to EVERYONE. You can CHOOSE your destiny.
As a writer, this means that I can select the messages I want to send out into the world through my blog and my works. In the past, I was prone to clinging to negativity. Anyone who reads my first book, A Collection of Reflections, could guess that. I have realized over the past few years that I can choose positivity, and I can choose happiness, and that I can elect to share that positivity and happiness with others.
I can opt to share the things that have lifted me up with others and hope to lift them up in turn. I can choose to extend a hand and lift my fellow writers–my fellow human beings–up instead of dragging them down.
When I allowed myself to wallow in misery, I wanted to pull others down with me, but I’ve learned to be better than that. I’ve learned to look for the benefit of everything (even the bad things), and hopefully, make the lives of others better along the way.
I learned a lot of that from reading the Harry Potter series. I hope that someday my writing touches lives in the same way that J.K. Rowling’s writing touched mine.