It seems so simple to say those two words, “why not?” I had never really considered the power behind these words until they were spoken to me in a new way, in the way that would change my life. Everyone has an inspirational story, but it is the inspiration of others that helps us to grow and become more.
When I was in my early 20s, I was in a difficult point in my life. I had left an abusive relationship, was getting divorced, and was a single mom. I had to find my way out of the pit of depression brought on by years of abuse. I had to find the strength to juggle work and caring for my child. I had to learn how to go through the motions each day. Yet, I knew I had so much potential that was burning inside of me. It was there, just waiting for me to let it out.
One day, I was having lunch with my mother, and I was telling her about the Harry Potter series and how much it had inspired me. I was always a bookworm, and I loved every genre. From the fantasy worlds that gripped me with their magic, to the tragic tale of Les Miserables, I was devouring books as a child and teenager. When I discovered Harry Potter, I escaped the monotonous life I was in and found my passion for stories again. I told my mother how I wished I could take the stories I had in my head, and write a book like Rowling did. Then, it happened.
She asked me “why not write a story?”
It took me a few moments to think about it, and I couldn’t come up with a good enough reason. What was stopping me? It was my disbelief in myself. I never thought I could do it. I did not believe I could possibly accomplish this feat of writing a novel. So, I challenged myself to write a novel, and I did. While the story is great, it needs work, and I realized I needed to go back to school, grow, learn, and pursue my passions. Now, when I think I wish I could do something, I ask, “why not?” This simple question has changed my life, and I hope it can inspire others to change theirs.
Thank you mom!!!