Imagine a grey world. Imagine a pale world. Now, imagine a bright world and an exciting world. What kind of wave, do you think, has swept the world to bring about the change? What catalyst has catapulted the metamorphosis?
We often hear that one person is all it takes to turn the world upside down but most of the times, we forget the power of such an impact and the possibility it holds out for each and everyone of us - or at least for most of us. Today, I was reminded of both - the power and possibility. Let's talk about the person who inspired this - Lone Ranger - thought process.
J.K.Rowling - Almost, everyone knows this name. Almost, everyone might also know her life story. She is, in today's world - a cult like figure, and the Harry Potter series is an unparalleled phenomena that has riveted, intrigued, entertained and awed people across the globe. Her books have been turned into world renowned movies that have spawned its own loyal fans. The legacy of Harry Potter knows no bounds and is unstoppable. The world of Harry Potter is now out of books, out of movie screens and into the living-breathing space of humans. Hogsmeade, Hogwarts castle, gringotts, Oliver's wands and many other Harry Potter attractions are thriving at Universal studios, Orlando.
Call me crazy - but maybe someday - some eccentric, visionary and iconoclastic individual will build a Harry Potter villa. Our banks will look as gringott and our schools like Hogwarts castle. We will have wands, robes and brooms. It would be a quaint place, a surreal place, a place that would alter our reality, our stream of consciousness and our individuality. A world that is a world away from our world, but a world so right for our world.
Here's why I would sign up to be an inhabitant of the Harry Potter villa. The reality of our current world feels so stifling, abject and confining that some of us end up having to pretend and to conform. It feels as if the world - as real as ours - has spawned a lot of delusions. So, maybe, a world that isn't real might actually be our way back to reality, back to the core of our existence.
Think about the Harry Potter world. Think about the fact that it all came from the imagination of one woman, that it was all created in her mind. If she didn't exist, Harry Potter wouldn't exist. One person. One idea. And, the world was changed. It boggles my mind and fills me with tremendous awe and respect for J K Rowling. May we have many more INDIVIDUALS like her.