“While the world looks at wins with awe, failures don’t get any sympathy when, in fact, it’s the same failures that teach us some of our biggest lessons! Not to mention, what people call either ‘losing’ or ‘quitting’, takes courage and is sometimes really essential to protect one’s mental health and performance.
And personally, I came to realization only after an intense tryst with the sport of badminton. What started off as casual practice sessions in my senior year quickly grew into an unquenchable passion for winning tournaments, back to back. Especially with the most supportive coach and parents to guide me through, I was on a winning streak, working to rise as a national level player.
This accompanied with a natural flair for athletics additionally ensured that the game came easily to me, thereby making me enjoy the tiring grind as well.
Nevertheless, dreams do witness impediments occasionally and I saw my quests to victory, hindered by injuries that completely changed the trajectory. At the face of major knee twists, three times in life-defining matches, I didn’t have much choice but to withdraw mid-way. However, what was sad was observing some of the gestures by the audience and opponents upon my losing. The most heart-breking one was where I was limping to stay afloat in the match after the injury but noticed everyone around using my plight to cheer the opponent further to victory. Now such experiences might seem small but they definitely taught me a thing or two about true sportsmanship amidst obstacles- It’s never at the cost of another person’s pain!
Now at my third consecutive fall, I knew I had to take a break! But lucky for me, life somehow opened another door at the close of this one and this time in the form of fitness training! Yes, working out became the new fuel to my fire and I knew I wanted to create an impact. With exercise being immediately associated with gyms, I wanted to bust such myths and prove that a healthy body can be achieved by anyone even at the comfort of their own homes.
So today, I juggle my dual pursuits of training people in fitness and badminton with equal enthusiasm alongside my full time job.
The vision is to definitely fit into the shoes of my wonderful coach who taught me how much a good mentor can add to one’s life. I’ll probably want to open my badminton academy as well but that’s a goal for another day. Right now, it’s all about taking a baby steps towards health and happiness together!”