The Role Model of My Life – Aastha Gupta (Student of XI A – 2017-18)
Having a Role model is highly important for us psychologically, helping to guide us through life during our development, to make important decisions that affect the outcome of our lives, and to help us find happiness in later life.
Here is a student of XI Std, Aastha Gupta writes about her role model, who inspired her to be what she is today. Read our new blog post about ‘The Role Model of Aastha’s Life’.
As I sit down to write this article, thinking about the people who have inspired and motivated me to do something worthwhile in life, I am left to ponder on the importance of a role model in a person’s life.
Having a role model doesn’t always mean that you want to be like them, sometimes or rather always, it’s about how you value their life choices, decisions, morals and about how you incorporate them in your life. They show us a positive way, instilling the belief that light still shines at the end of the tunnel.
This is an age when you easily succumb to the negativity around you and start doubting yourselves. Role models show you that there is life even after a closed door and that perseverance, endurance, and hard work will show you the way ahead.
One such person who has greatly inspired me and continues to do so is my favorite author, JK Rowling.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you don’t live at all- in which case you fail by default”, such are the words of Joanne Kathling Rowling, the critically acclaimed author of the Harry Potter series who has motivated people not only by her magical words but also by her life story.
Her journey to being what she is now was a path filled with obstacles and huge crashing waves, a path not many would have the courage to walk on. The death of her mother was a devastating blow in her life, due to which she slipped into depression. Being a single mother living on unemployment benefits Rowling finally wrote her book in cafes while she got time.
But her struggles were far from being over. She sent the manuscript of her book which was rejected by 12 publishing houses. Her perseverance made her try until Bloomsbury finally agreed on publishing the book.
Since then there has been no turning back. Her books reached the heights of literary stardom garnering praise from everybody and before she knew it she became the first female to become a billionaire author with her books being translated into 68 languages and selling over 400 million copies worldwide.
Her works continue to inspire and motivate people all around the globe. She has made a generation of readers believe in magic, love, friendship, bravery, and kindness. Growing up Rowling has made me laugh, cry and smile with her words.
Quotes like, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times only if one remembers to turn on the light” and “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us, what matters is the path we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” relate to me and everybody, in general, showing the values that are important to her not only in works but real life as well.
Her portrayal of female characters is one more thing which draws me towards the book series. They are not the stereotypical “damsels in distress” but rather know how to fight and be their own “knights in shining armor”.
To sum up, I believe JK Rowling is a woman of substance, one worthy of being a role model to each and every child across the world.
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