I Am With You: Fighting Our Battles
“It's going to be all right, sir," Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore's silence than he had been by his weakened voice. "We're nearly there ... I can apparate us both back ... don't worry ...”
"I am not worried, Harry," said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. "I am with you.”
― J.K. Rowling
It has been around 23 years since many of us discovered the magical world of Harry Potter. According to stats, one in fifteen people in all over the world owns a Harry Potter book, which is so incredible. As a Harry Potter fan, I can tell you several reasons to read this fiction. However, I’m here to talk about one of the valuable life lessons which I’ve learned along the way. I’d like to start this article with a short story.
Something to Read
The ground was cold, but his naked feet were numbed as if his body was anesthetized. The rustle of the pine trees against one another seemed very faint as if whispering to each other about the twenty-three-year-old lad, walking aimlessly amid the forest.
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A sudden sound of dishes clattering in the kitchen not only broke the silence of the ambiance but also made him halt and turn back to his holiday home. He shut the door with a loud bang making his presence known and subsequently came to the noise of his mother asking everyone to come over for dinner.
The usual discussion over the dining table began with his mother rattling on about the ongoing gossip. His mother’s words fell on deaf ears as his sister continued scrolling down her profile, while his father listened to the news on the TV. He begged his mother to slow down a bit, asked his sister to get off her phone, and requested his father to turn down the volume, but no one listened. Nobody stopped him when he went back to his room and laid down on his bed brooding over his past decisions. \
Life seemed very confusing to him, and now he couldn’t find the purpose of his life. His parents were very supportive of his decision to choose medical instead of business administration. He and his sister had their share of ups and downs in their sibling relationship but all seemed to be fine now. During the college years, he had made both friends and enemies, except now it didn’t matter.
He was supposed to graduate this year, and the thought made him more restless. The fear of leaving his comfort zone and joining the workforce scared him, due to his lack of confidence throughout his childhood. He sought help from almost all his friends and classmates, but everyone seemed to be too busy with their own life. Talking to his parents seemed like a bad idea; they would surely convince him to let go of his studies and join the family business.
He was aware of the fact that he was in a privileged position unlike many who didn’t even have the resources to pursue their education, and that bothered him a lot. The mere thought of sharing his feelings with anyone petrified him, as he could be easily judged.
In a world full of pain, sorrow, and misery, he couldn’t add his own despair; that would be like throwing a tantrum for no reason.
He had to be brave for himself, take his own decisions, and fight his own battles. But where should he start? After contemplating for a long time, he was still undecided, just like the week after his final examinations. Nonetheless, he was brave then, and now he has to be brave again. He needed to find a purpose for his life, and he hoped he wasn’t too late.
Hearing the sound of footsteps coming towards his room, he stood up to find his sister looking at him. With teary eyes, she moved towards him. He opened his arms to hug her, and all he felt was air. His sister stopped before his picture, and asked the same question for the umpteenth time ever since the week after his final examination, “Why did you do it?” And he had been speechless so far.
An Insight into the Story
This story has a multitude of endings. It’s up to the readers to interpret it according to their own imagination. What I am here to talk about is the importance of choice and the power of hope.
We all live in a different world which we have created on our own, and fill it with people with whom we create relationships. These relations play an important role in our everyday lives and shape our future accordingly.
In the above plot, the protagonist is struggling throughout the story, and that leads him to take a crucial decision that his sister does not approve of.
Despite all the comforts of his life, the twenty-three-year-old is having a rough time coping up with his emotions and was scared of the thought that others would judge him. His family and friends were supposed to be his confidantes, but he failed to confide in them about his darkest fears.
Regardless of all the insecurities in his heart, the protagonist doesn’t want to lose hope, and finding the purpose of his life seemed to be his only solace.
Something to take away from the story
Life is supposed to be unjust and unfair; however, it treats everyone equally.
One cannot compare their problems with anyone else, for the sole reason that each one us are fighting our own battles. Amid joy and grief, one needs to find a midway, where they can explore their life together with their near and dear ones.
Life doesn’t end with our failures, for it lays the path towards other opportunities. Even if we get lost somewhere amid despair and despondency, someone will always be there to listen. Be your own Dumbledore and repeat, “I am with you”.
Edited by Annanya Chaturvedi