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J.K. Rowling Saved my Life
In honor of the release of the final Harry Potter movie, I feel it’s  about time I pay tribute to one of my all time favorite writers, J.K.  Rowling. I myself am a writer in the YA Fantasy genre or at least trying  to be, and upon seeing the final film, the biggest thing that hit me  was looking around and realizing that I was in a theater filled with  children. I suppose that’s what happens when you see a matinee showing  but let me tell you, being around them and watching the thrill on their  faces brought me back to my own childhood and it is not an experience I  will likely forget.When I was a kid, I loved comic books, Disney  movies, and Pokemon cards. Now that I’m twenty-five, guess what? I  STILL love comic books and Disney movies! Huh? What about Pokemon cards?  Hey now, I did grow up somewhat, ok? For your information I did sell my  Charizard card back in the day for sixty whole dollars! That’s a lot of  money for a thirteen year old and I may or may not have cried myself to  sleep ever since.Anyways, some of you might relate to what I wrote above where others may think, psh, grow up freak! and have now stopped reading. How this has come to be I do not know but  it seems like one is almost supposed to be embarrassed if at my age  they are still into imaginative things and if you’re not embarrassed,  somebody will most certainly remind you to be. For instance, if you  tried bringing Pokemon cards to your local bar and dropped ‘em on the  table and shouted, “All right everyone! I wanna be the very best, like  no one ever was! Who’s up for a Pokemon battle?”Nine times out  of ten you’d get thrown out with a shiny new black eye and your prized  cards would have a new home in your ass. Lesson one folks, alcohol and  Pokemon don’t mix.And sure, in our society certain forms of  imagination are respected. If it’s in the form of filmmaking or my  personal favorite, writing, then of course it is, but only if you can  make it pay the bills because then, it’s a job. If it doesn’t, then it’s  usually considered to be juvenile so get back to work slacker! But  that’s just it. I’m of the opinion that hard work is very important, but  I also believe that you have to ask yourself just where is all your  hard work going?You can’t just work for the sake of working.  It’s like a chef just cooking for the sake of eating or a musician  playing for the sake of making noise. Where’s the originality? The  adventure? Where’s the fun? Oh yeah, didn’t you get the memo? Life isn’t  supposed to be fun. Exercising a little imagination should instead be  replaced by lots of drinking, sex and not remembering the night before.  You know, adult stuff. Not to say I’m not guilty of any of those things  but it just bothers me that people reach a certain age and they feel as  if they have to depart from the joys they once had as a child. And this  my friends, in many ways, is why J.K. Rowling has both captured my heart  and helped save it. I wasn’t fortunate enough to hear her speak at the  Harvard Commencement speech in Boston which is just a forty minute drive  from my apartment. They didn’t even invite me! Can you imagine? Anyway,  I did get to watch it online and she said something within that speech  that has since then stuck with me.”Imagination is not only the  uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not - and therefore  the fount of all invention and innovation - in its’ arguably most  transformative and revelatory capacity it is the power that enables us  to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”This  can mean a variety of different things to the person reading it, as  most written words do but to me, I believe it is giving testament to the  utter importance of imagination. See! J.K. Rowling agrees with me!  Without imagination, how can we hope to see things in a better light  when things suddenly go dark? How can we push on through the bad times  if we cannot visualize better days ahead? And even more importantly, how  can we see ourselves in the shoes of another long enough to truly help  or save them? It’s not a surprise why people are unhappy nowadays.  They’ve lost their inner child, the very battery for imagination to  glow.Life is tough and has a certain way of beating down the  best parts of us. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa summed it up quite  nicely.“Let me tell you something you already know, the world  ain’t all sunshine and rainbows, its a very mean and nasty place and I  don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep  you there permanently if you let it.You, me, or nobody, is gonna  hit as hard as life; but it aint about how hard you hit, its about how  hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and  keep moving forward.That’s how winning is done.”Such  words are where goosebumps come from and yes, you do have to be tough in  life but remember, there is a difference between being tough and being  heartless. Like it or not, our heart too is directly in-tune with our  inner child. For us to truly shine as we are meant to, we need to get in  touch with it. I know, sounds cheesy and I myself wanted to deny it at  one point in my life but it’s absolutely true! We need to understand  that without embracing our inner child, we have no imagination. If we  have no imagination, then our heart is dead and if our heart is dead  then we have no dreams and if we have no dreams, well, we have one foot  in the grave already. As Mel Gibson said in Braveheart,“All men die. No man really lives.”I  speak of this because I myself was once cold-hearted and it was because  of Young Adult writers like J.K. Rowling that I have rediscovered the  best parts of myself. (Depending on who you ask of course) Like so many  others, I was hurt in the past by a first love and felt vulnerable for  the first time in my life but rather than facing the inner pain head on  as a brave person would, I instead went cold and killed off my inner  child by instead embracing anger. What a wasted, selfish life.  This is  why there are so many lone wolf wannabes out there. Outside they’re  tough but inside they are but frightened children afraid to trust and  offer themselves to others. I should know because I was once one of them  but it was because of that loneliness that I got heavily into reading  and it was because of reading that my inner child slowly started to come  back.However, in order for it to truly come back, I had to  journey within the darker parts of my heart and save it. I needed to  face the wound to heal it rather than run away again and for those who  have done this, you know that the territory of the heart is no easy  place to trot and to enter it, requires you to be vulnerable, naked and  raw. To recover it will not only take great strength but will require  all that you are. But, should you succeed, for the first time, you will  see beyond the guises you have built for yourself and be able to see the  complete and unedited you! You will see a glimpse of the you before  losing your innocence, before losing yourself and with it, you will find  the strength to topple mountains!My heart goes out for those  who have not yet fought this battle but guess what? It’s never too late!  We all deserve true joy, to shine as children do! It’s no secret that  the wisest teachers in history all tell us to pay attention to how  children live. It is one thing to be a child, but another thing to be  able to grow up, look back and appreciate it. And this is where the  power of a young adult novel comes in. By reading one, you can’t help  but remember who you once were. I believe the success of Harry Potter is  due to the fact that J.K. Rowling has fought and won the battle I  mentioned above. Because of her strength, we may now reap the benefits  and look to her and others like her like a beacon within our own  darkness. She has embraced her inner child and because of it, her  imagination is strong and her writing has the power to both inspire and  reawaken our own. We were all kids right? Nobody can skip that part in  their lives and nostalgia is a powerful, pleasurable emotion!When  you read the adventures of Harry and his friends, the child inside that  you have sought to ignore will not be able to resist reawakening as you  enter into a world of magic, mystery and danger, the very recipe for  fun! Or, for some with horrible childhoods, seeing Harry grow up is a  great release and escape from your own pain. It’s magical how it all  comes together and by magic, I don’t mean witchcraft and wizardry, but  the magic of embracing who you once were and the power that it can  wield.For example, in Harry Potter, the most powerful wizard is  an odd old man named Dumbledore who is compassionate, trusting and  inspiring. The guy is totally offbeat, even by wizard standards. The  password to his office is “Sherbet Lemon” for crying out loud and yet  Voldemort, the dark lord himself, is in utter fear of such a man. Why?  Because Dumbledore represents and embraces everything Voldemort has  tossed aside. As it’s said, we all fear what we don’t understand.What  makes Voldemort so frightening and Dumbledore so inspiring is the  simple fact that we can see a piece of ourselves in both of them. It  wasn’t just one big decision over night for the two of them to reach  their destinies. Rather, they are made up of thousands of little  decisions all along the way that either lit up their hearts or darkened  it.Now I know what you’re thinking. These are fictional  characters! Aren’t we taking this a little bit seriously? To which I  reply, no, and I might even argue that sometimes, maybe we don’t take it  seriously enough. Fiction in many ways is based on reality, just as  some realities were once fiction. Think of all the greatest inventions  over the years or great human accomplishments. At one time, they were an  idea within someone’s mind, fiction, before they became reality.  Reality in itself will be limited, it always is, but fiction is only  limited by the extent of your imagination and has a funny way of slowing  down reality long enough to be able to reflect, learn and apply it to  our daily lives.So in closing, this is my message to all you  people who have fought the battle or are still fighting to reclaim your  true self. Keep your chins held high friends; we need you to come alive!  As my favorite quote goes,“Don’t ask yourself what the world  needs. Instead, find out what makes you come alive, and go forth. For  what this world truly needs is people who have come alive”. – Howard  ThurmanRemember, you are far stronger than you realize and this  world needs you now more than ever. Fight the inner battle, reclaim your  inner child and give permission for others to do the same. Be proud!  And as for you, J.K. Rowling, thank you, from the whole of my heart for  just being you. Your life story is far more magical and inspiring to me  as a writer than anything in the printed word. Thank you and may more  blessings and magic be showered upon you for the rest of your days!
Thanks so much for reading! If you liked this post, then give my novel Renegade: A Fire Within a shot and at least try a free sample! :D Click the link below …
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FG1JRC/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=jcfi05-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B005FG1JRC
It encapsulates mostly everything in this blog and for $0.99 you  can’t go wrong! You’ll spend more on a coffee nowadays and coffee  doesn’t contain pieces of my heart and soul :) Also, I’d love to hear  from you so make sure you find me on Twitter @GisboFalcon and leave a mention! I  always respond back so don’t be a stranger!Cheers!- J.C. Fiske
http://www.JCFiske.com

J.K. Rowling Saved my Life

In honor of the release of the final Harry Potter movie, I feel it’s about time I pay tribute to one of my all time favorite writers, J.K. Rowling. I myself am a writer in the YA Fantasy genre or at least trying to be, and upon seeing the final film, the biggest thing that hit me was looking around and realizing that I was in a theater filled with children. I suppose that’s what happens when you see a matinee showing but let me tell you, being around them and watching the thrill on their faces brought me back to my own childhood and it is not an experience I will likely forget.

When I was a kid, I loved comic books, Disney movies, and Pokemon cards. Now that I’m twenty-five, guess what? I STILL love comic books and Disney movies! Huh? What about Pokemon cards? Hey now, I did grow up somewhat, ok? For your information I did sell my Charizard card back in the day for sixty whole dollars! That’s a lot of money for a thirteen year old and I may or may not have cried myself to sleep ever since.

Anyways, some of you might relate to what I wrote above where others may think, psh, grow up freak! and have now stopped reading. How this has come to be I do not know but it seems like one is almost supposed to be embarrassed if at my age they are still into imaginative things and if you’re not embarrassed, somebody will most certainly remind you to be. For instance, if you tried bringing Pokemon cards to your local bar and dropped ‘em on the table and shouted, “All right everyone! I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was! Who’s up for a Pokemon battle?”

Nine times out of ten you’d get thrown out with a shiny new black eye and your prized cards would have a new home in your ass. Lesson one folks, alcohol and Pokemon don’t mix.

And sure, in our society certain forms of imagination are respected. If it’s in the form of filmmaking or my personal favorite, writing, then of course it is, but only if you can make it pay the bills because then, it’s a job. If it doesn’t, then it’s usually considered to be juvenile so get back to work slacker! But that’s just it. I’m of the opinion that hard work is very important, but I also believe that you have to ask yourself just where is all your hard work going?

You can’t just work for the sake of working. It’s like a chef just cooking for the sake of eating or a musician playing for the sake of making noise. Where’s the originality? The adventure? Where’s the fun? Oh yeah, didn’t you get the memo? Life isn’t supposed to be fun. Exercising a little imagination should instead be replaced by lots of drinking, sex and not remembering the night before. You know, adult stuff. Not to say I’m not guilty of any of those things but it just bothers me that people reach a certain age and they feel as if they have to depart from the joys they once had as a child. And this my friends, in many ways, is why J.K. Rowling has both captured my heart and helped save it. I wasn’t fortunate enough to hear her speak at the Harvard Commencement speech in Boston which is just a forty minute drive from my apartment. They didn’t even invite me! Can you imagine? Anyway, I did get to watch it online and she said something within that speech that has since then stuck with me.

”Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not - and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation - in its’ arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

This can mean a variety of different things to the person reading it, as most written words do but to me, I believe it is giving testament to the utter importance of imagination. See! J.K. Rowling agrees with me! Without imagination, how can we hope to see things in a better light when things suddenly go dark? How can we push on through the bad times if we cannot visualize better days ahead? And even more importantly, how can we see ourselves in the shoes of another long enough to truly help or save them? It’s not a surprise why people are unhappy nowadays. They’ve lost their inner child, the very battery for imagination to glow.

Life is tough and has a certain way of beating down the best parts of us. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa summed it up quite nicely.

“Let me tell you something you already know, the world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows, its a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.

You, me, or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life; but it aint about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward.

That’s how winning is done.”

Such words are where goosebumps come from and yes, you do have to be tough in life but remember, there is a difference between being tough and being heartless. Like it or not, our heart too is directly in-tune with our inner child. For us to truly shine as we are meant to, we need to get in touch with it. I know, sounds cheesy and I myself wanted to deny it at one point in my life but it’s absolutely true! We need to understand that without embracing our inner child, we have no imagination. If we have no imagination, then our heart is dead and if our heart is dead then we have no dreams and if we have no dreams, well, we have one foot in the grave already. As Mel Gibson said in Braveheart,

“All men die. No man really lives.”

I speak of this because I myself was once cold-hearted and it was because of Young Adult writers like J.K. Rowling that I have rediscovered the best parts of myself. (Depending on who you ask of course) Like so many others, I was hurt in the past by a first love and felt vulnerable for the first time in my life but rather than facing the inner pain head on as a brave person would, I instead went cold and killed off my inner child by instead embracing anger. What a wasted, selfish life.  This is why there are so many lone wolf wannabes out there. Outside they’re tough but inside they are but frightened children afraid to trust and offer themselves to others. I should know because I was once one of them but it was because of that loneliness that I got heavily into reading and it was because of reading that my inner child slowly started to come back.

However, in order for it to truly come back, I had to journey within the darker parts of my heart and save it. I needed to face the wound to heal it rather than run away again and for those who have done this, you know that the territory of the heart is no easy place to trot and to enter it, requires you to be vulnerable, naked and raw. To recover it will not only take great strength but will require all that you are. But, should you succeed, for the first time, you will see beyond the guises you have built for yourself and be able to see the complete and unedited you! You will see a glimpse of the you before losing your innocence, before losing yourself and with it, you will find the strength to topple mountains!

My heart goes out for those who have not yet fought this battle but guess what? It’s never too late! We all deserve true joy, to shine as children do! It’s no secret that the wisest teachers in history all tell us to pay attention to how children live. It is one thing to be a child, but another thing to be able to grow up, look back and appreciate it. And this is where the power of a young adult novel comes in. By reading one, you can’t help but remember who you once were. I believe the success of Harry Potter is due to the fact that J.K. Rowling has fought and won the battle I mentioned above. Because of her strength, we may now reap the benefits and look to her and others like her like a beacon within our own darkness. She has embraced her inner child and because of it, her imagination is strong and her writing has the power to both inspire and reawaken our own. We were all kids right? Nobody can skip that part in their lives and nostalgia is a powerful, pleasurable emotion!

When you read the adventures of Harry and his friends, the child inside that you have sought to ignore will not be able to resist reawakening as you enter into a world of magic, mystery and danger, the very recipe for fun! Or, for some with horrible childhoods, seeing Harry grow up is a great release and escape from your own pain. It’s magical how it all comes together and by magic, I don’t mean witchcraft and wizardry, but the magic of embracing who you once were and the power that it can wield.

For example, in Harry Potter, the most powerful wizard is an odd old man named Dumbledore who is compassionate, trusting and inspiring. The guy is totally offbeat, even by wizard standards. The password to his office is “Sherbet Lemon” for crying out loud and yet Voldemort, the dark lord himself, is in utter fear of such a man. Why? Because Dumbledore represents and embraces everything Voldemort has tossed aside. As it’s said, we all fear what we don’t understand.

What makes Voldemort so frightening and Dumbledore so inspiring is the simple fact that we can see a piece of ourselves in both of them. It wasn’t just one big decision over night for the two of them to reach their destinies. Rather, they are made up of thousands of little decisions all along the way that either lit up their hearts or darkened it.

Now I know what you’re thinking. These are fictional characters! Aren’t we taking this a little bit seriously? To which I reply, no, and I might even argue that sometimes, maybe we don’t take it seriously enough. Fiction in many ways is based on reality, just as some realities were once fiction. Think of all the greatest inventions over the years or great human accomplishments. At one time, they were an idea within someone’s mind, fiction, before they became reality. Reality in itself will be limited, it always is, but fiction is only limited by the extent of your imagination and has a funny way of slowing down reality long enough to be able to reflect, learn and apply it to our daily lives.

So in closing, this is my message to all you people who have fought the battle or are still fighting to reclaim your true self. Keep your chins held high friends; we need you to come alive! As my favorite quote goes,

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Instead, find out what makes you come alive, and go forth. For what this world truly needs is people who have come alive”. – Howard Thurman

Remember, you are far stronger than you realize and this world needs you now more than ever. Fight the inner battle, reclaim your inner child and give permission for others to do the same. Be proud! And as for you, J.K. Rowling, thank you, from the whole of my heart for just being you. Your life story is far more magical and inspiring to me as a writer than anything in the printed word. Thank you and may more blessings and magic be showered upon you for the rest of your days!

Thanks so much for reading! If you liked this post, then give my novel Renegade: A Fire Within a shot and at least try a free sample! :D Click the link below …

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FG1JRC/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=jcfi05-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B005FG1JRC

It encapsulates mostly everything in this blog and for $0.99 you can’t go wrong! You’ll spend more on a coffee nowadays and coffee doesn’t contain pieces of my heart and soul :) Also, I’d love to hear from you so make sure you find me on Twitter @GisboFalcon and leave a mention! I always respond back so don’t be a stranger!

Cheers!

- J.C. Fiske

http://www.JCFiske.com

Here is a link to my new official website! Hope you all stop by and say hello. I’d love to hear from all of you!

Here is a link to my new official website! Hope you all stop by and say hello. I’d love to hear from all of you!

My debut novel is available now! Here is a quick synopsis.
Renegade: A Fire Within
Life’s tough if you’re a boy named Gisbo. Besides having a name that  means “dog” in a barbaric tongue and being forced to live all alone in  old manure shack outside the city walls, Gisbo has also never skeeted on  a flying sword, hugged a boon animal, or made a single friend. When  he isn’t washing the graffiti off his shack, Gisbo’s time is spent  dodging insults from his spoiled classmates and fighting for his life  against the city’s arrogant clash team. But all of that is going  to change. Gisbo is finally sixteen and ready to try out for Elekai’  training in hopes of becoming an Elekai’ warrior, his biggest dream.  However, when the tryouts go terribly wrong, Gisbo is whisked away to a  life he never dreamed possible and learns that sometimes, truth can be  stranger than legend when you’re Renegade born.
Thanks for reading! If you want to follow me on Twitter my name is @GisboFalcon. I’d love to hear from you all!
Cheers!
- J.C. Fiske

My debut novel is available now! Here is a quick synopsis.

Renegade: A Fire Within

Life’s tough if you’re a boy named Gisbo. Besides having a name that means “dog” in a barbaric tongue and being forced to live all alone in old manure shack outside the city walls, Gisbo has also never skeeted on a flying sword, hugged a boon animal, or made a single friend.

When he isn’t washing the graffiti off his shack, Gisbo’s time is spent dodging insults from his spoiled classmates and fighting for his life against the city’s arrogant clash team.

But all of that is going to change. Gisbo is finally sixteen and ready to try out for Elekai’ training in hopes of becoming an Elekai’ warrior, his biggest dream. However, when the tryouts go terribly wrong, Gisbo is whisked away to a life he never dreamed possible and learns that sometimes, truth can be stranger than legend when you’re Renegade born.

Thanks for reading! If you want to follow me on Twitter my name is @GisboFalcon. I’d love to hear from you all!

Cheers!

- J.C. Fiske

In honor of the release of the final Harry Potter movie, I feel it’s about time I pay tribute to one of my all time favorite writers, J.K. Rowling. I myself am a writer in the YA Fantasy genre or at least trying to be, and upon seeing the final film, the biggest thing that hit me was looking around and realizing that I was in a theater filled with children. I suppose that’s what happens when you see a matinee showing but let me tell you, being around them and watching the thrill on their faces brought me back to my own childhood and it is not an experience I will likely forget.

When I was a kid, I loved comic books, Disney movies, and Pokemon cards. Now that I’m twenty-five, guess what? I STILL love comic books and Disney movies! Huh? What about Pokemon cards? Hey now, I did grow up somewhat, ok? For your information I did sell my Charizard card back in the day for sixty whole dollars! That’s a lot of money for a thirteen year old and I may or may not have cried myself to sleep ever since.

Anyways, some of you might relate to what I wrote above where others may think, <em>psh, grow up freak! </em>and have now stopped reading. How this has come to be I do not know but it seems like one is almost supposed to be embarrassed if at my age they are still into imaginative things and if you’re not embarrassed, somebody will most certainly remind you to be. For instance, if you tried bringing Pokemon cards to your local bar and dropped ‘em on the table and shouted, “All right everyone! I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was! Who’s up for a Pokemon battle?”

Nine times out of ten you’d get thrown out with a shiny new black eye and your prized cards would have a new home in your ass. Lesson one folks, alcohol and Pokemon don’t mix.

And sure, in our society certain forms of imagination are respected. If it’s in the form of filmmaking or my personal favorite, writing, then of course it is, but only if you can make it pay the bills because then, it’s a job. If it doesn’t, then it’s usually considered to be juvenile so get back to work slacker! But that’s just it. I’m of the opinion that hard work is very important, but I also believe that you have to ask yourself just where is all your hard work going?

You can’t just work for the sake of working. It’s like a chef just cooking for the sake of eating or a musician playing for the sake of making noise. Where’s the originality? The adventure? Where’s the fun? Oh yeah, didn’t you get the memo? Life isn’t supposed to be fun. Exercising a little imagination should instead be replaced by lots of drinking, sex and not remembering the night before. You know, adult stuff. Not to say I’m not guilty of any of those things but it just bothers me that people reach a certain age and they feel as if they have to depart from the joys they once had as a child. And this my friends, in many ways, is why J.K. Rowling has both captured my heart and helped save it. I wasn’t fortunate enough to hear her speak at the Harvard Commencement speech in Boston which is just a forty minute drive from my apartment. They didn’t even invite me! Can you imagine? Anyway, I did get to watch it online and she said something within that speech that has since then stuck with me.

”Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not - and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation - in its’ arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

This can mean a variety of different things to the person reading it, as most written words do but to me, I believe it is giving testament to the utter importance of imagination. See! J.K. Rowling agrees with me! Without imagination, how can we hope to see things in a better light when things suddenly go dark? How can we push on through the bad times if we cannot visualize better days ahead? And even more importantly, how can we see ourselves in the shoes of another long enough to truly help or save them? It’s not a surprise why people are unhappy nowadays. They’ve lost their inner child, the very battery for imagination to glow.

Life is tough and has a certain way of beating down the best parts of us. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa summed it up quite nicely.

“Let me tell you something you already know, the world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows, its a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.

You, me, or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life; but it aint about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward.

That’s how winning is done.”

Such words are where goosebumps come from and yes, you do have to be tough in life but remember, there is a difference between being tough and being heartless. Like it or not, our heart too is directly in-tune with our inner child. For us to truly shine as we are meant to, we need to get in touch with it. I know, sounds cheesy and I myself wanted to deny it at one point in my life but it’s absolutely true! We need to understand that without embracing our inner child, we have no imagination. If we have no imagination, then our heart is dead and if our heart is dead then we have no dreams and if we have no dreams, well, we have one foot in the grave already. As Mel Gibson said in Braveheart,

“All men die. No man really lives.”

I speak of this because I myself was once cold-hearted and it was because of Young Adult writers like J.K. Rowling that I have rediscovered the best parts of myself. (Depending on who you ask of course) Like so many others, I was hurt in the past by a first love and felt vulnerable for the first time in my life but rather than facing the inner pain head on as a brave person would, I instead went cold and killed off my inner child by instead embracing anger. What a wasted, selfish life.  This is why there are so many lone wolf wannabes out there. Outside they’re tough but inside they are but frightened children afraid to trust and offer themselves to others. I should know because I was once one of them but it was because of that loneliness that I got heavily into reading and it was because of reading that my inner child slowly started to come back.

However, in order for it to truly come back, I had to journey within the darker parts of my heart and save it. I needed to face the wound to heal it rather than run away again and for those who have done this, you know that the territory of the heart is no easy place to trot and to enter it, requires you to be vulnerable, naked and raw. To recover it will not only take great strength but will require all that you are. But, should you succeed, for the first time, you will see beyond the guises you have built for yourself and be able to see the complete and unedited you! You will see a glimpse of the you before losing your innocence, before losing yourself and with it, you will find the strength to topple mountains!

My heart goes out for those who have not yet fought this battle but guess what? It’s never too late! We all deserve true joy, to shine as children do! It’s no secret that the wisest teachers in history all tell us to pay attention to how children live. It is one thing to be a child, but another thing to be able to grow up, look back and appreciate it. And this is where the power of a young adult novel comes in. By reading one, you can’t help but remember who you once were. I believe the success of Harry Potter is due to the fact that J.K. Rowling has fought and won the battle I mentioned above. Because of her strength, we may now reap the benefits and look to her and others like her like a beacon within our own darkness. She has embraced her inner child and because of it, her imagination is strong and her writing has the power to both inspire and reawaken our own. We were all kids right? Nobody can skip that part in their lives and nostalgia is a powerful, pleasurable emotion!

When you read the adventures of Harry and his friends, the child inside that you have sought to ignore will not be able to resist reawakening as you enter into a world of magic, mystery and danger, the very recipe for fun! Or, for some with horrible childhoods, seeing Harry grow up is a great release and escape from your own pain. It’s magical how it all comes together and by magic, I don’t mean witchcraft and wizardry, but the magic of embracing who you once were and the power that it can wield.

For example, in Harry Potter, the most powerful wizard is an odd old man named Dumbledore who is compassionate, trusting and inspiring. The guy is totally offbeat, even by wizard standards. The password to his office is “Sherbet Lemon” for crying out loud and yet Voldemort, the dark lord himself, is in utter fear of such a man. Why? Because Dumbledore represents and embraces everything Voldemort has tossed aside. As it’s said, we all fear what we don’t understand.

What makes Voldemort so frightening and Dumbledore so inspiring is the simple fact that we can see a piece of ourselves in both of them. It wasn’t just one big decision over night for the two of them to reach their destinies. Rather, they are made up of thousands of little decisions all along the way that either lit up their hearts or darkened it.

Now I know what you’re thinking. These are fictional characters! Aren’t we taking this a little bit seriously? To which I reply, no, and I might even argue that sometimes, maybe we don’t take it seriously enough. Fiction in many ways is based on reality, just as some realities were once fiction. Think of all the greatest inventions over the years or great human accomplishments. At one time, they were an idea within someone’s mind, fiction, before they became reality. Reality in itself will be limited, it always is, but fiction is only limited by the extent of your imagination and has a funny way of slowing down reality long enough to be able to reflect, learn and apply it to our daily lives.

So in closing, this is my message to all you people who have fought the battle or are still fighting to reclaim your true self. Keep your chins held high friends; we need you to come alive! As my favorite quote goes,

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Instead, find out what makes you come alive, and go forth. For what this world truly needs is people who have come alive”. – Howard Thurman

Remember, you are far stronger than you realize and this world needs you now more than ever. Fight the inner battle, reclaim your inner child and give permission for others to do the same. Be proud! And as for you, J.K. Rowling, thank you, from the whole of my heart for just being you. Your life story is far more magical and inspiring to me as a writer than anything in the printed word. Thank you and may more blessings and magic be showered upon you for the rest of your days!

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- J.C. Fiske

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