There are so many times in our lives when we feel like we’ve hit the rock bottom. We feel as if the entire world has come crashing down around us and we are the absolutely worst! In these instances, many of us discard all hope and trash every shred of motivation. We give up on the struggle and deem it unnecessary. And we let opportunities go futile because we are mentally unprepared.
It is only at times like these that we need all the energy we can muster and every piece of external and internal motivation we can get.
Reading about other people’s lives and struggle always gives us a perspective that no matter how terrible times are for us right now, with patience and consistent hard work, things will get better. Another such life story was recently narrated by an immensely talented television actor, Zahid Ahmed, that made me feel utterly privileged and made me forget all my so-called troubles in life.
This picture has been circulating on many websites and people have been asking me if this is true. Well here’s the answer…it is absolutely TRUE! The picture on the left is me (Zahid). But just like every picture, you never get to know the whole story…apart from getting a solution for my hair loss and being over weight, there’s much more to my story! Here it is!
2011 – Started working as COO (Chief operating officer) for an I.T company
2011 – Got married
2011 – went for fabulous honeymooning in Malaysia
2011 – on last day of honeymoon found out that the company didn’t exist anymore (they were fraudulent)
2011 – came back to Pakistan with terrified wife, no job and huge debt
2011 – job hunt started, marriage was about to fall apart
2012 – Had a terrible accident and injured spine
2012 – 4 months of not being able to move, divorce seemed imminent
2012 – got a radio show because of my voice
2012 – further destroyed the spine by trying to go to the radio station
2012 – lost all movement, lost radio, had some self esteem left
2012 – head of PIMS Islamabad recommended spinal surgery
2012 – got surgery, started walking again
2012 – got a job which paid 10 times less, worked hard – marriage still on the rocks
2012 – started doing a show for PTV home, discussing English movies. Some pride restored.
2012 – Head of PTV notices my English, hires full time to launch PTV WORLD the English channel.
2013 – worked against the culture of PTV to launch the channel.
2013 – PPP Government topples, chief of PTV fired. Now I was left without a boss.
2013 – Team working with Anwar Maqsood approaches me for playing Jinnah in SAWA 14 August. Wife supported
2013 – Played theater for a year. Got hair transplant. Lost 22kgs
2014 – left theater because producer was a corrupt soul who owed everyone money
2014 – no home, no money, with wife..left for dead on roads of Karachi
2014 – A lady from a production house of HumTV calls for audition after seeing me on stage
2014 – Gets selected for MEHRAM
2016 – Became what you see now.
If this story doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will. I am Zahid Ahmed , I am passion and I am the future.
Knowing another human being’s life struggles
To know another person’s struggles in life, to empathize with them and to realize your comfortable position makes us not only better in realizing that we are truly unaware of the hardships people are going through in their lives. It also makes us understand that it is never okay to downplay someone’s achievements because we never truly know the circumstances they might have fought against to be where they are.
This Facebook post by Zahid Ahmed can serve not only as motivation but also as a lesson, that we must never give up even in the worst of our times and we must never judge anyone who is doing well in life.
Whose life story motivates you? Let us know!