As the the final film, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part II, approaches I couldn’t help but stop and think about its author and her story.
And as the story goes, Rowling wrote the first novel and the major crux of her ideas on napkins because she was too poor to afford paper, had been a horrendous, tumultuous relationship and was left with a baby and on her own.
Fast-forward, and Rowling is one of history’s most successful authors having sold well over 400 million (and counting) Harry Potter books.
It’s quite the reinvention story, if there ever was one. But, what I find the most inspiring about it, was that Rowling didn’t let her circumstances stop her from achieving her dream.
With no money, a child to support and a mind full of dreams, thoughts and plots, she conjured-up her own fate.
I saw this saying the other day on the wall of an office building I visited:
“You are your decisions.”
You are your decisions. Interesting isn’t it?
That we are people based on what we do. It’s like that other saying you often hear people say when they wish to be insightful and deep, that you shouldn’t judge people by what they say, but rather by what they do.
So if that is the case, thereby making them words of wisdom and truth, then rather than seeing the glass half empty, it should be half full.
Analogies and saying aside, I think one of the most important things about the ability to more forward with one’s life is the discipline and capacity to not become a victim of oneself.
People aren’t always their circumstances.
If you get laid-off from work, take it as an opportunity to find something better and go somewhere where you will be happier.
It is an opportunity to do what you really want to or even take a detour along an unbeaten path.
If you are in a tumultuous relationship and you aren’t sure why you are there anymore, take it as an opportunity to help yourself grow and either adapt or completely change.
There is a whole great big world out there, and there are opportunities within it waiting to be had. The problem, however, is that many people have their eyes narrowly fixed on the ground.
With so many eyes downcast, it makes it quite easy for opportunities to pass people by.
Whether, from fear or insecurity, some of us get so wrapped up in our own dimensions we cease to grasp the bigger picture.
So when you have that idea, when you have that desire, or when you feel like there isn’t hope, remember that you can create your own opportunity, you just have to look inside of yourself to find it.
Sometimes, it’s not what we are given that makes us great, it’s what we do with what we are given.
In the words of Albus Dumbledore,
“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”