Breaking the stereotypical career choices of the Indian “society”- Zaid ArfanOctober 5, 2017
I’ve been a Strength Coach for the last four years.
I’m a Biotechnology Graduate, but chose this line of work as it is something I’m extremely passionate about. It gives me a sense of purpose, a way that I feel I can really make a difference in this world.
All my peers thought I was throwing my life away, a few relatives went as far as to make sneering jibes at my parents (my father and all his siblings are businessmen, and Strength Coaches in India are still looked down upon in society for some reason).
This didn’t stop me though, I kept working my ass off, getting better with each passing day and doing as many courses to improve my Arsenal as much as I could.
I trained under some of the best in the industry, either online or in person, and loved implementing what I learned. The feeling that I was responsible for helping people achieve a better, healthier lifestyle was incomparable. It was a high I was constantly chasing, and still do.
I recently completed a course in Movement and Mobility(a course that helps to understand how the human body should move and how we can correct movement patterns and resolve joint pain).
This was something I connected with the most. As now, I could even identify the reasons someone had joint pain and effectively address them.
There’s no greater feeling than when someone suffering from a painful lower back for more than a year, comes up to you and tells you that for the first time in over a year that they went an entire day without feeling pain. The heartfelt blessings I’ve received because of this single aspect, makes everything worthwhile. I love my job and I will continue to do this and get better at it until I die. The snigger and snide comments are nothing more than white noise now, even for my parents who are proud of what I do.
I was always an overachiever in school, never studied but still managed to get good grades. Everyone expected me to become a doctor/engineer, which is why the switch in career paths definitely raised a lot of eyebrows. Lol! Indian society is a wonderful thing.
Now I’m 25, co-director of my healthcare/fitness consultancy, and earning fairly well (way more than my batchmates in engineering if anyone is curious). But the best part, I look forward to work. I love every single aspect of it and for this reason, I know I’ll only get better with time!
This goes out to anyone who is scared/nervous of not pursuing their passion because of what their parents/society might say. That attitude will only fill you up with regret in the long-term and will definitely take a toll on your mental well-being.
The only one responsible for your actions is you. You need to decide where you wanna see yourself in the next 5,10,15,20 years.
It helps to have a plan, but execution is key.
If you do have a plan, get started on it NOW! Screw what anyone else thinks, do it for yourself or you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.
I hope I’ve inspired even a single person with this post. That’s the sole reason I wrote it anyway. I wish anyone reading this the best, in whatever they choose to do.
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