Quote of the Day

There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you. – J.K. Rowling

I love this quote by J.K. Rowling, taken from her commencement speech at Harvard’s graduation in 2008. This quote came to mind as I was speaking to a new friend, a fellow writer who told me about his time at a top grammar school in Sydney, and of a teacher-mentor who spotted his talent and encouraged him to write, even to this day.

I started thinking about how I was never encouraged, motivated or presented with opportunities to write at a young age. My ambition to be an author at the age nine was dismissed by my mother, and at one point in my teenage life I even asked to be sent to a grammar school in Australia following in the footsteps of a much-admired cousin, but that of course, did not happen.

I have many regrets with regards to writing, like not being part of the Editorial Board in high school or taking a more active role with the university paper. But we all know that regret is unprofessional, and as much as I don’t like this over-used phrase, it’s never too late to achieve your dreams.

No matter the circumstances of childhood, we are now responsible for growing, cultivating and investing in our talent.


  1. My feelings exactly. No point in blaming them as those days won’t come back. One should live in the now. I believe that god gives you enough chances in life. We don’t look as it is mostly disguised. Lovely post.

  2. wanphing says:

    Glad you enjoyed reading this Kavita!

  3. Shaun says:

    Well said WP. Be courageous and never give up on your dreams!

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