Reading

Turning Pens Into Swords

We live in such a beautiful age where literature in all its glory has so much power. Despite its cons, social media has shed a whole new light on the power of words and the ways in which they can influence viewers or users.

I am very lucky to have grown up with parents who always encouraged me to read – one of my earliest memories is reading Harry Potter with my mum and sister. I explored the world of Hogwarts with two of the three people I care for most in this world, and as a result of this metaphorical wanderings, I was able to open myself to so many new things. From Harry Potter came the likes of Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, F Scott Fitzgerald, Tolkien, Stephen King, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, The Brontës, The Shelley’s, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, John Donne, Philip Larkin and Oscar Wilde among so SO many others. Through the hundreds of books and pages of poetry, I found a sanctuary; a place away from bullies, puberty and simple worries that every child has at some point in their existence.

The pen is not mightier than the sword. A pen can not damage others as well as a sword can and the sword cannot write poetry or novels with the same talent of a Parker. The pen should be used accordingly in order to fulfil its intended purpose, as should the sword. The talent that comes in life is knowing when to pick the pen over the sword.

Through my love of literature, I was able to teach myself how to pick my battles both with myself and those that surround me every day. I am smart because of literature. I am well spoken because of literature. I am so many things other than what people see when they meet me – my anxious laughs, hazel eyes with long-ish lashes and my seasonally changing hair colour. I learnt many things from the fictional characters I admired so very deeply. Hermione Granger taught women that they can be smart and beautiful, that wit and friendship complete you. Elizabeth Bennet taught every person around the world that you cannot be controlled by those who deem themselves superior, you are your own person and you answer to no one except yourself. Sherlock Holmes taught us all that we can be our own kryptonite, and despite thinking that we are the best, smartest or bravest it is not cowardly to lean upon those that you love. Samwise Gamgee taught us the valuable lessons of friendship and that loyalty is so very important, even in very trying times that can affect you both.

I now take solace in writing. I am currently in the process of writing my own stories, as I have since a very early age. My parents were the recipients of many hand-drawn comic books, poetry or stories. The characters I have loved so dearly will now be joined by others of my own creation, which is very exciting to even consider. Three books are planned and in progress. *hysterical clapping ensues*

Sometimes we have to do what scares us. We have to stare into the face of danger and give it the finger, yet simultaneously fall victim to it at the same time.

‘If I knew what safety looked like, I often think how much time I would’ve saved myself from falling into the arms of danger’.

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