John F. Kennedy once said we must take time to stop and thank the people who made a difference in our life. Why? Because I believe just like how we gain knowledge from books and people, inspiration came from somewhere too. A lot of us grew up by looking up either towards our parents or someone among our family members. But I grew up believing in J.K. Rowling and from then on her works inspired me to the point where she became a motivation for me to keep doing what I love most.
I’m pretty sure most of you here would be familiar with who J.K. Rowling is. For those who don’t, Rowling is known as the one and only famous author of the best selling series Harry Potter. No! I am not a Harry Potter fan, just another muggle who thinks J.K. Rowling is a pretty kick ass author. Now, why is she an inspiration to me? I’d say she became someone influential to me because of the way she brought herself despite all the ups and downs that she’s gone through.
Becoming one of the most best selling author in history isn’t something easy and yes it wasn’t easy for Rowling either. Like any other normal person, Rowling had a pretty simple life with her own fair share of problems. She went through a rough journey and learned to get things done the hard way. Back in her early days while beginning to start writing the Harry Potter book, Rowling had lost her mother after ten years of suffering from a disease known as sclerosis. She never told her mother about the book she was writing and with her passing, this heavily affected Rowling’s writing. Being the strong person she is, Rowling used this as an inspiration for her writing like she channeled her own feelings of loss by writing Harry’s own feelings of loss in greater detail in the first book of the Harry Potter sequel.
Besides her mother’s passing that had affected Rowling in many ways, she had also gone through a failed marriage with television journalist Jorge Arantes whom she met when she was living in Porto, Portugal. During her marriage, she had been domestically abused and suffered a miscarriage as well. These were part of the rough journey of the famous author had to go through in order to become who she is today.
Being a single mother with a then dependent infant child wasn’t easy for anybody. Rowling had to juggle between studying, writing, working and nursing. Despite being a strong person this wasn’t easy for her as well. Seven years down the road, Rowling saw herself as a failure with a failed marriage and an unemployed single mother. She was also diagnosed with clinical depression and yet again she took this as an inspiration by turning her illness into one of the characters knows as the “Dementors” introduced in the third book of the Harry Potter sequel. She juggled her time between writing and taking care of her kid. Rowling never gave up and instead worked harder to complete the entire book of Harry Potter.
Now, her strong willed attitude wasn’t the only thing that made J.K. Rowling an inspiration to me. Unlike many authors, she has a unique way of imagining things in her head and summing it all up into a story and finally a good book to read anytime, anywhere. The idea of the Harry Potter storyline came to her while she was in a four hour delayed train and once she reached her destination she immediately begin writing. The books she wrote on this helped launched her career in writing and also was turned into a series of movies. However that wasn’t the only thing special about her as Harry Potter isn’t the only thing that made her career shine under the limelight. J.K Rowling took on a pseudonym and wrote a new genre of crime book under the name of Robert Galbraith. This book also became a bestseller and spawned two more sequels. It was only somewhere between the 2nd book, that it was revealed i.e. leaked out that Robert Galbraith was actually J.K Rowling.
Despite all the bitter memories, Rowling still continued writing her book and is now a bestselling author with over 450 million copies of book sold worldwide. I guess by this we all can agree on what an amazing person she is. Writing has always been a passion for me too and learning about the way JK composed her stories and dedicated herself to her work taught me many things about being a writer and in life generally. She made me realize that in life there is always gonna be a curve ball coming your way and dodging it is not always gonna be the best solution. Instead you take the hit and you suck it all up and you keep moving.
I learned through Rowling’s journey that no matter how bad a situation gets, behind every dark cloud there’s a rainbow. This being said, Rowling has not only inspired me to become a journalist but to also keep doing the things I love even if times may seem hard because sometimes you’ve got to work hard for something that makes you happy.
Danita 😀 Student Ink Writer